Dogs take the stage for the "Mutt-cracker"

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) A misshapen little dog named "Pig" is a featured performer in a canine version of The Nutcracker called "The Mutt-cracker."

The short-spined mutt portrays the Sugar Plum Fairy's pet in the annual ballet, staged as a fundraiser for the humane society in Birmingham, Alabama.

Pig was born with fused neck vertebrae and can't even move her head.

But she prances and pirouettes while wearing a pink tutu.

Twenty-nine dogs are in the performance altogether.