A POORLY pig that was dumped on a doorstep is now loving life as a house-pet in Ruskington and is best pals with the family dog.
'Crackle' the little micro-pig was found battered and bruised and sat in a cardboard box on a strangers doorstep in Market Rasen four months ago.
The RSPCA were called to the scene and they then got in touch with Rob Louth who runs an animal sanctuary at his home with wife Susan in Ruskington.
The couple who care for a whole variety of weird and wonderful animals were more than happy to take Crackle into their home.
Mrs Louth said: "Crackle was in such a bad way it was heart-breaking.
"Her teeth were really badly damaged, one of her eyes was ulcerated and her face was very swollen.
"It looked as if the injuries had come as a result of her being kicked."
When Crackle had recovered the couple built her a pigsty in the garden for her to live in but they quickly discovered that Crackle couldn't cope with being out in the cold. She added: "The vet thought she may have had pneumonia which you never fully recover from and so now she just can't seem to hold the warmth."
As a result of this Crackle was moved indoors where she has a comfy bed and enjoys hanging out with the family's Labradoodle George as well as the many other animals that they care for from time to time.
Crackle is now practically house-trained, apart from the odd occassion if she is woken in the night, and she likes to greet the family as they come home.
Susan said: "She's so funny, she'll come and greet us at the front door just as a dog would."
Crackle enjoys a diet of special pig food as well as apples and carrotts as treats but the couple admitted if she got the chance Crackle would eat them out of house and home.
Rob added: "It's definitely true what they say about pigs, they eat anything and Crackle would just eat and eat if we let her."