By Becca Husselbee
A piglet with a horrendous skin condition that made her look like PORK CRACKLING has been rescued and nursed back to health.
The little piglet was so sick due to a extreme case of sarcoptic mange that no one thought she would make it but thanks to staff at the Sale Ranch Sanctuary she is now a happy and healthy pig.
Jen Sale, founder of the Sale Ranch Sanctuary, said: “She came to us without hair and an outer layer of skin.”
The piglet, nicked named Cherry Blossom by staff at the sanctuary, was initially dropped off at a dog shelter, near Temecula, in California, by a man who claimed he had found the stray pig.
However staff believe that the man actually owned the pig and no longer wanted it.
Jen said: “He didn’t care for her when she got sick. Instead he just dropped her off and said he found her.”
Workers at the dog shelter, who were not equipped to deal with pigs, rang the Sanctuary to see if they could help a she was taken to the nearby farm sanctuary in Temecula.
Staff believed she had been kept in squalor at her previous home and was in a terrible state when she arrived at the farm.
Jen said: “It’s most likely she was born into overcrowded, filthy conditions.”
“When she came to us, she was in such excruciating pain that she had shut down.
“You could see the most incredible sadness and uncomfortableness in her.
“She has a severe case of Sarcoptic mange from neglect and if not treated can be fatal.
“The shelter gave her medicated bath and ripped all of her skin off, she came to us without hair or the outer layer of skin, just raw flesh.
“She was in critical condition.
“We treated her daily with a special cream to sooth and help heal her skin as well as laser therapy to help her skin repair faster.”
Cherry Blossom made a miraculous recovery and her personality is shining through as she lives the life she deserves at the Sanctuary.
Jen said: “She is sweet and playful and we are so excited to watch her grow up to be a happy healthy piggy.
“She is still a baby a just a few months old.
“We’d come and put the medicine on her, and she learned very quickly that we were helping her.
“Even though she was in so much pain, she’d snuggle up and want us to rub her belly.
“She’s just a testimony for how forgiving and loving animals are.”
“We’re just really grateful and blessed that we were able to bring her home and take care of her and get her healthy
“Even though she kind of had a rough start to life, she’s doing very well.
“She’s going to have a really beautiful life.”