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
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.
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.
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. Now he is fighting for his life.
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.