A 10-year-old terrier-cross needs to lose half its bodyweight to enjoy a full life.

Sam fat dog.
At double her ideal weight, Sam has a long way to go before she reaches her target.

That’s the statement from staff at the Dogs Trust rehoming centre in Manchester, who are looking after Sam.

The cuddly canine – who weighs 30kg – and shih-tzu Buddy arrived at the centre when their owner could no longer give them the exercise they required.

Missing out

The centre’s assistant manager Rebecca Smith said while Sam is a “lovely, sweet girl” she cannot really enjoy life as she is so overweight.

“When she’s out with Buddy she looks on longingly as he runs around and has lots of fun, but she simply can’t at the moment,” she said.

“It’s really sad to see, but she’s now on a healthy diet and loves lots of short walks, so she’s already shed a few pounds. We’re confident she’ll reach her ideal weight.”

Needing a home

Dogs Trust deputy veterinary director Runa Hanaghan said excess weight puts a dog’s body, particularly its heart and joints, under extra strain, adding: “It’s really important every dog has regular exercise and isn’t overfed.”

The duo can live with children aged eight and over, but need a cat-free home.

  • If you think you can give them the home they deserve, telephone 0300 303 0292 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk
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