Animal sanctuary workers make 17 hour journey to New York in attempt to save pig's life

They're taking the pig, called Libby, to an animal hospital in New York.
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Staff members at an animal sanctuary in Long Lake have made a 17-hour journey to New York in an attempt to save the life of "an incredible pig."

Workers at Spring Farm Sanctuary are taking Libby, a 5-year-old pig who lives at the sanctuary, to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, so she can undergo "delicate, life saving surgery."

Libby is suffering from a middle ear infection that has also infected the tympanic bulla in her ear, while she might also be suffering from meningitis.

The sanctuary was told the University of Minnesota's veterinary center couldn't perform the surgery, hence the arduous journey to New York, with the team setting off on Tuesday evening.

She has been given a 50/50 chance for survival, according to a GoFundMe page launched by Spring Farm Sanctuary founder Robin Johnson.

"Some of you may think we are crazy for going to this length to try to save her. It is an incredibly stressful situation to deal with, and it does indeed feel a bit crazy," she writes.

"I am asking those of you that understand and would take a 50/50 chance in saving your dog, cat, horse etc. Please consider helping Libby. Her life matters to her, to us and we hope to you. She is like a dog to us, only smarter. Our heartfelt thanks to those of you that can contribute to her chance for life."

The fundraising campaign has raised more than $3,600 in little over a day.

The Spring Farm Sanctuary was founded in 2016 by Johnson, a lifelong vegetarian and now vegan. It rescues and provides homes for abused and neglected farm animals.

You can find the GoFundMe page here.

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