Britain’s fattest pooch which swelled to 110lbs on a diet of burgers has shed half her body weight after being put on a strict diet and exercise regime.
The obese canine, nicknamed ‘Hattie the Fattie’, resembled a pot-bellied pig according staff at the rescue centre staff that took her in.
She hit the scales at more than 104lbs and a fundraising campaign was launched to get the dog a tummy tuck.
An obese canine nicknamed ‘Hattie the Fattie’ (left before weight loss and right after weight loss) who was topping the scales at 110lbs has shed half her body weight and now weighs 50lbs
The dog’s weight had ballooned after living a sedentary lifestyle on a diet of daily burgers and fast food. Pictured: Hattie the dog before the dramatic weight loss
The eight-year-old pooch (pictured after weight loss) arrived at Gables Farm Dogs and Cats home in Plymouth, Devon, in February this year and was put on a strict weight controlled diet. Pictured: Hattie with Ruth Rickard, 51, who has worked at the centre for 10 years
Eight-year-old Hattie arrived at Gables Farm Dogs and Cats home in Plymouth, Devon, in February this year and was immediately put on a strict weight controlled diet.
But the scale of her progress has stunned staff at the animal rescue centre and the portly pooch does not now require the operation
Hattie’s weight is currently down to 50lbs and she faces a much brighter future.
She is still looking for a home and suffers from some other health issues, but money raised through the crowfunding appeal will go towards any new owner’s future vet bills.
Staff launched a campaign to get the dog an operation however the scale of her progress has means surgery is no longer required
Hattie, a collie, has diabetes and is awaiting surgery to remove her cateracts – which staff believe will improve her wellbeing even further.
Ruth Rickard, 51, who has worked at the centre for 10 years, said: ‘She’ll be able to see a ball then and be able to chase one because most collies are ball mad and she just can’t see one now, which is a bit of a shame really.’
Ruth Rickard, 51, who has worked at the centre for 10 years, said: ‘I just knew we had to try and help her. I take her home with me at night so I can administer her insulin injections, which she tolerates very well’
Hattie’s weight ballooned after living a sedentary lifestyle on a diet of fast food including daily burgers.
She was initially rescued by the RSPCA before being handed over to the rescue centre.
Ruth added: ‘When I first saw Hattie I couldn’t believe it as she looked more like a pot bellied pig than a dog.
The collie has diabetes and is awaiting surgery to remove her cateracts but staff believe her weight loss will help improve her wellbeing
‘I just knew we had to try and help her. I take her home with me at night so I can administer her insulin injections, which she tolerates very well.
‘As the weight has started to come off we have found that she is very spirited and extremely loving, despite the fact we put her on a diet.
‘Since she started losing weight, she’s changed – it was like she had no real enjoyment of life before and was just existing.
‘She now spends her days in our reception, keeping an eye on the staff and customers, and as we watch her gain confidence and lose weight it makes me proud.’