In July, the FLSPCA requested if we might deliver Marshall Dillon and his pals to Farm Sanctuary. Their want for placement had develop into extra pressing, and as we had house at our New York shelter, we have been capable of welcome them into our care.
The pigs settled right into a quarantine house, the place we monitored their incoming well being situations. That is commonplace observe at Farm Sanctuary to make sure that sick animals get the care they want and forestall spreading any sickness to our different residents.
Whereas Lizzie and Robbie have been vibrant upon arrival, Marshall Dillon was subdued and didn’t have as a lot curiosity in meals. Veterinarians examined Marshall Dillon and suspected he was confused from the journey, so we gave him supportive care and house to relaxation. Sadly, his situation worsened — he developed a fever, began respiratory heavier, and continued rejecting meals.
We determined to deliver Marshall Dillon to Cornell College for added supportive care. Although involved that the journey may exacerbate his signs, we agreed the dangers of staying residence outweighed the dangers of journey. Sadly, Marshall Dillon handed away throughout transit. Later examinations revealed an entrapment and rupture of a part of his gut,which can have stemmed from trauma when he was youthful. Although we tried our greatest, there was nothing else we might have finished to save lots of his life.
Marshall Dillon spent two days at Farm Sanctuary. We’re heartbroken by his surprising loss and need we’d had extra time collectively. Nonetheless, we’re additionally grateful that he knew care and kindness from the FLSPCA and our caregiving staff — in comparison with how his life started and the way it ends for 124 million pigs slaughtered for meat within the U.S. every year. We honor his legacy by saying his identify, sharing his story, and persevering with our lifesaving work to assist others, like his pals Lizzie and Robbie, take pleasure in life on their phrases.