To look at her is actually quite painful.
Cassie, a seven-year-old border collie from Kenilworth Warwickshire, England weighs three times more than she should and has never eaten normal dog food before.
The hefty hound, who is too fat to stand up to eat and suffers painful bed sores all over her body from lying down too often (which is why they had to shave her down), lived alone with her elderly female owner – who regularly served her gut-busting treats like fish and chips on Fridays and full roast dinners on Sundays.
It took three people to lift the chubby canine, who can barely walk, out of the car when she arrived at the Dog’s Trust Re-homing Center two weeks ago after her owner fell ill. It is here that the staff has been given the task of helping Cassie, who weighs as much as a snow leopard and even teen sensation Justin Bieber, to slim down so she can be re-homed with a loving family. They fear however, it will take them at least a year to accomplish the task..
And there’s good reason for concern–years of unhealthy eating has left Cassie over three times the weight she should be – she tipped the scales at 58kg, when she should be 18-20kg – and now she has been forced to go on a strict diet by staff, who say that she faces the same health problems as an obese human.
Staff at the center had to fight back tears as they were greeted by the unbelievable sight before finding out the obese animal had never eaten any dog food and instead woofed down sweets, chocolate, crisps, and fry-ups.
She has sadly had to have all the fur on her body shaved off so staff can treat the bed sores on her skin properly – leaving her looking in a sorry state.
Dogs Trust Kenilworth manager Sandra Wilson said: ‘Cassie initially turned her nose up at the wet and dry dog food we gave her because it’s not as tasty as the human food she’s used to but she’s getting better.”
?Staff take Cassie out for short three-minute walks – any longer and she gets breathless – in an attempt to shed the pounds.
Though she admits the staff have a long road ahead of them, Wilson remains hopeful: ‘Once she’s healthy enough to be re-homed Cassie will need loving but responsible new owners who can resist those big brown eyes pleading for treats and will take a tough love approach to ensure her weight loss.’