Barn Sanctuary hoofs it to save piglet runt of the litter

Most people would have given up on him.

The piglet was the runt of the litter. He was unable to nurse from his mother. His siblings abused him, chewing on his foot right down to the bone. At 4-days-old, the teeny little piggy seemed doomed to die.

But Barn Sanctuary stepped in to help.

“Meet our newest rescue, ‘Little Dude,'” the sanctuary said.

Barn Sanctuary was created in Chelsea, Michigan to rescue, rehab and care for “farm animal refugees.”

Some were abused. Others were abandoned. Many were destined to become food.

Dan McKernan, the sanctuary’s executive director, was determined to change that.

“We educate the public about the horrific treatment of animals raised and slaughtered by modern day farm factories, and the positive impact that a plant-based diet can have on the environment and our health,” the sanctuary says.

So, it does things like saving Little Dude.

“These next few days at Barn Sanctuary are super crucial for the little dude,” says Dan McKernan. Barn Sanctuary/Facebook

He took Little Dude to Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

 McKernan was worried about the possibility of hoof amputation.

Heading to radiology for x-rays on part of his hoof because of a laceration. Barn Sanctuary/Facebook

But good news. So far, so good.

And that’s what this little piggy will never go to market.

Photos Barn Sanctuary/Facebook

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