Slimmer of the year dog sheds 6 stone after weighing as much as baby elephant

Britain's porkiest pooch who once weighed the same as a baby elephant has been named 'slimmer of the year' after shedding almost half his body weight.

Alaskan malamute 'Trojan' is now looking for a new home after successfully shedding the pounds through a strict diet and exercise regime.

The chubby canine arrived into RSPCA care In Dorset in November 2020 topping the scales at 101kg – but is now sitting at a much healthier 60.1kg.

He was described as dirty, matted and "unbelievably obese' by carers when he first arrived.

But after his remarkable transformation, he is fighting fit and ready for a fresh start.

Kennel supervisor Nicola Anthony, from Ashley Heath Animal Centre, in Dorset, which has been caring for him, said: "Poor Trojan was in a terrible way when he arrived here a year ago. He was dirty, matted and unbelievably obese.

"It's taken a year, a very special diet and an exercise regime to help him lose the weight slowly and safely; and he's now almost half of his original weight. Thankfully, he hasn't lost his big character!"

An older dog, ten-year-old Trojan is described as a 'lovable bear' who needs a home that can keep his previous health and age in mind when taking him on.

Nicola added: "Trojan is arthritic and has thyroid problems so will need ongoing treatment in his new home. These conditions won't be covered by any insurance so his new owners will need to be prepared to cover these costs."

Always keen on a belly rub, and in need of good company from an owner who is around often, Trojan would be best suited for a home without any young children and where he can get lots of attention.

The RSPCA say he is happy to spend most of the day sleeping, and is generally quiet unless someone arrives or if it is dinner time.

He can be left for short periods of time, and could live with older children, but needs owners who will not over-fuss him, they said.

RSPCA chief veterinary officer Caroline Allen added: "Pet obesity is a serious welfare issue and recent studies have suggested that around half of all pet dogs are overweight.

"We are, quite literally, killing our pets with kindness."

She added: "Overweight pets can suffer from serious health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Carrying more body weight can also increase the chances of pets suffering from conditions such as arthritis and can even shorten their life expectancy."

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