Nov 11 2010

Little Piggy Needs Your Help

I just received an email from Farm Sanctuary about poor little Riley and I wanted to pass it along. Please share this with your friends to help get Riley the care he needs!

Of all the tiny, shaking piglets in the crowded pen at a recent stockyard auction, Riley was the smallest, and clearly suffering. This poor baby was too sick to stand upright, his head awkwardly tilted to the side, and one of his eyes was nearly swollen shut. As the auction went on, and bystanders did nothing, little Riley was left to die – stumbling in the corner of the pen. But thankfully, Farm Sanctuary’s Emergency Rescue Team was there to protect this fragile baby and lift him out of this heartless scene.   Like you, we wanted to reach out and hold him. We couldn’t just stand by and watch this tiny piglet suffer and die, so we rushed him to safety.   Now Farm Sanctuary is doing everything we can to give Riley the urgent care he needs to survive. His condition is critical. Severe infection has left his eye badly injured and his ear filled with fluid, causing him intense pain. Immediate surgery at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals is necessary to relieve the pressure in his ear and begin the healing process. And while we remain terribly concerned about his prognosis, his improved appetite and balance give us reason for hope. Join now to help baby Riley receive the specialized care he needs to beat the odds and heal from this horrendous neglect and sad start in life

Tragically, Riley never needed to become so sick. His illness likely began as nothing more than basic pneumonia. But because those who were supposed to care for him neglected to help him, his infection worsened. Although we cannot guarantee Riley’s recovery, with your emergency donation, we can guarantee that this precious baby will know nothing but loving hands, a soft bed and gentle care as we work to bring him back to health.

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