I feel so bad for her suffering for a week, hungry and thirsty. May some people ONE DAY feel that way, abandoned in a nursing home by their family. (I regret the older I get the less I like the human race.)
She's now free to run on all 4 legs, forever strong and young, able to eat good things and drink as much as she pleases.
If you can find out her name, please let me know. I too would like to make a donation in her memory.
God speed good pig.
I would gather their information (name, email, story) and forward it to all local shelters and rescues as a Do Not Adopt. Many rescues have a "flag" list. That way if this family tries to adopt a guinea pig or another animal again, they will be under more scrutiny because of this past situation. May save other animals from their neglect.
The little pig's name was Wishes and the owner paid the exam fee and the euthanasia fee, which covered the short period of time when she was in their care.
It's a good idea, I agree, but this is not a family that adopts - they buy. And unfortunately there isn't any way of stopping that from happening. Vet did give them a very stern talking to, and told them they are not in a position to have any animal, much less an exotic with specific needs that's extremely fragile to begin with.