Pig rescued from Detroit home has new home and new name

It is a pig tale that's hard to take in.

Melissa Borden, founder of the Devoted Barn talked to Fox 2's Robin Murdoch about Friday's rescue of a pig from a home on Detroit's west side. "The entire time we were down there I kept telling her to come see the sunshine, because she had never seen the sunshine."

So aptly, when Borden and her team were able to get the pig out of the home, they named it Sgt. Sunshine.

When the pig was discovered, it was living in her recently deceased owner's basement in Detroit. 

The Devoted Barn out of Monroe County was called in to help rescue the hog out on the home on Orangelawn Friday afternoon. 

The Barn is a non profit that takes in animal cruelty and neglect cases and rehabilitates them. The pig had apparently been living at the home there for 4 years.

Crews built a make shift ramp out of plywood and stairs out of straw and after more than 5 hours carefully pulled her out of two feet of feces.
"Not only did we not have good footing to maneuver her, but she was covered in it so she was slippery," said Borden.

A veterinarian will give Sgt. Sunshine a complete look over on Monday to make sure there is no permanent damage, but so far she seems to be doing okay and liking her new surroundings according to Borden.

This sow story isn't a sob story anymore. 

Because the Devoted Barn is a non profit it relies on donations from the community to stay afloat.

Sgt. Sunshine and the rest of the animals there could also use fresh fruits and vegetables.

Please visit the Devoted Barn's website if you'd like to assist.

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