An overweight dog has shed virtually six stone after its owner was told she used “killing it with kindness”.
Tyko, a cross-breed Corgi, was so fat he could only take a couple of steps before becoming breathless and slumping to the ground.
The dog was taken into care by the Scottish SPCA after the owner was prosecuted.
Tyko is now a healthy 12 kg( 2st ). He was 49 kg (8 st) at his fattest – so has achieved a weight loss of 37 kg (8 1lbs ).
The animal welfare charity is now looking for a new home for him.
Tyko’s weight had ballooned to double his normal size due to over-feeding and a lack of workout. His owner’s neighbour tipped off the Scottish SPCA.
Vets said they had never seen a dog so obese, adding that it resembled a seal.
Owner Denise Leitch was warned at Selkirk Sheriff Court after being of good behaviour during a year-long period of deferred sentence.
The 60 -year-old had bought the dog as a Christmas present for her husband but was the person charged as she was responsible for it.
She pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to provide treatment for a morbidly obese dog.
She admitted causing Tyko unnecessary suffering at her home in Earlston between 1 April and 13 October 2015.
Leitch failed to provide an appropriate diet for the dog which became morbidly obese and failed to provide treatment for its mobility and respiratory conditions.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment, a fine of 20, 000 or a disqualification from owning animals.
But Sheriff Derrick McIntyre accepted it was not a normal suit of maltreating an animal.
The court heard that a Scottish SPCA officer told Leitch she had been “killing the dog with kindness.”
Defence lawyer Natalie Paterson used to say Tyko had been “freaked out” by a nearby firework display and rarely ventured out to exercise.
Ms Paterson mentioned: “She has already been penalized by losing detention of the dog. It was not intentional for the dog to reaching that size but it is accepted she did not strive the proper treatment.”
Scottish SPCA centre manager for Edinburgh Diane Aitchison mentioned: “Tyko has lost 37 kg after coming into our care weighing a massive 49.5 kg.
“He’ll need medication for the rest of their own lives as he has a thyroid problem but he doesn’t let it affect him
“He’s now looking for an active forever home to retain his fitness up. He loves chasing a ball, but he’s not so keen to give it back.
“We feel he would be best suited to an adult-only home without any other dogs or cats.”
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