A Dogs Trust Glasgow resident who made the news last January for being so obese he could not even walk has lost almost half his body weight.

A Dogs Trust Glasgow resident who made the news last January for being so obese he could not even walk has lost almost half his body weight.

Patch, a six-year-old beagle cross, weighed the same as an average six-year-old child – a whopping 4.5 stones (28.45kg) – when he was brought to the rehoming centre last year.

Staff desperately hoped 2009 would see him find a new home and see him shed almost half his bodyweight to reach his goal of 2.4 stone (15kg). After finding a new home with the MacLean family in Motherwell, exactly one year after hitting the headlines, Patch is within sniffing distance of his target by weighing in at 2.9 stone (18kg).

Vets had warned that a rapid weight loss would put strain on Patch’s organs and could actually harm him, so it has been a slow, careful process. He follows a strict diet and his exercise levels have been built up gradually, with careful monitoring by veterinary staff.

Claire Kelman, Dogs Trust Glasgow assistant centre manager, told of the charity’s delight at his progress.

She said: “When Patch first came to us he was so obese he couldn’t even walk and needed a sling to be moved from one place to another. Now he’s lost the weight he can run around and properly enjoy his walks like any other dog.

“It just goes to show a good diet and careful exercise can make a real impact, so maybe he can be a shining example for everyone feeling a bit bloated after the Christmas break.”

If your pooch is looking porky visit www.dogstrust.org.uk for expert tips and advice.

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