But before she could do that, she had to get them medical care. She raised funds to spay and neuter the animals and treat them for illness and injury. "The dogs taken out of the zoo had tick fever and were covered in ticks and matted," Hegarty said. "Some dogs were malnourished, and had colitis from severe cases of worms; some had to have oral surgery on their rotten teeth."
Many of the dogs also had broken knee caps, broken tails, broken jaws, and severe anxiety and food aggression disorders stemming from the abuse they suffered.