Thankfully, her leg wasn't broken, but it was severely infected, and she was in so much pain that she couldn't put any weight on it. She was also dehydrated and had a raging fever of 106 degrees, probably because of the infection and her prolonged inability to seek water and shelter from the sun. It was a miracle that Heather found her when she did: Athena probably wouldn't have survived much longer.
The vet prescribed antibiotics, and Heather took Athena back to PETA's Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters, the Sam Simon Center, to recuperate before transferring her to the Virginia Beach SPCA, a high-traffic open-admission shelter with which PETA frequently partners. We later learned that she was adopted by a Navy veteran through Pets for Patriots, a group that works with the SPCA to place animals with military service members.
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