Tuesday 16 January 2018

Terrier named pet slimming champion

Ruby the Jack Russell, who has become the PDSA's pet slimming champion
Ruby the Jack Russell, who has become the PDSA's pet slimming champion

A former rescue dog has been crowned the pet slimming champion of the year after shedding a third of her bodyweight.

Ruby the Jack Russell terrier was morbidly obese after growing to 9.1kg, making her more than 50% overweight.

After a six-month diet and fitness regime run by charity PDSA, she has lost 7in from her waist and weighs in at just over 6kg.

Ruby's owner, Angela Martin, from Sunderland, said she took her in after an animal shelter had found her roaming the streets and the family began to lavish her with treats.

"When Ruby first came to us, we all felt really sorry for her as she'd had such a tough start to life. So to compensate, we used to give her a little treat here and there," she said.

"The trouble was, the whole family was giving her 'a little treat' and over time, she started to get really big."

Along with 15 other fat pets, the fit club did the trick and Ruby has been given a new lease of life.

PDSA senior veterinary surgeon Elaine Pendlebury said: "This is a fantastic slimming success story, well done Ruby. Many people fall into the trap of overindulging their pet with food as a way of expressing their love.

"Angela and her family have worked really hard and have shown that it's never too late to make a positive change. With help from PDSA and lots of determination they have completely changed Ruby's life."

Some of the other top slimmers included Edinburgh Staffordshire bull terrier TJ, who lost almost a quarter of her bodyweight, Cookie the cat, from Middlesbrough, who shed 17cm from her waistline, and Nyah the cocker spaniel, from Glasgow, who managed to lose almost a stone.

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