Labrador Ben looking for new home after losing weight
Big Ben then and now after slimming down from 70 to 49 kg (11 to 7.7 st)
A Labrador who was so fat he found it difficult to walk is looking for a new home this Christmas after going on a six month diet. When the dog called Ben was taken in by the RSPCA in June, at 70kg (11st) and was too large fit to get on the scales.
His owner Melvyn Davies was fined £1,170 at Holyhead magistrates for causing Ben unnecessary suffering.
Ben has lost the excess kilos now weighing 49kg (7.7st) and is described as a "real gentleman" by the RSPCA.
"Big Ben" was taken to the RSPCA's Bryn y Maen Animal Centre near Colwyn Bay from his home in Beaumaris on Anglesey after inspectors found he had a severe neck wound that needed urgent treatment from a vet.
One inspector later said it was the worst case of obesity he had seen in a dog in 35 years of working for the RSPCA.
Big Ben is one of the loveliest dogs you're ever likely to meet
Becky Lloyd, RSPCA centre manager
According to a local vet, it took three adults to assist the obese animal into his consulting room.
As well as his weight problems, he had developed a number of painfully infected wounds and required surgery to remove two tumours, one of which turned out to be malignant.
Now, according to the animal charity, with tender loving care from centre staff, Big Ben has become Smaller Ben and lost nearly a third of his body weight.
The slimmed-down dog is a "happy, outgoing, affectionate eight-year-old" who is looking for a "comfortable home and easy life".
RSPCA centre manager Becky Lloyd said: "Big Ben is one of the loveliest dogs you're ever likely to meet.
"He's a real gentleman and enjoys the company of people.
"Ideally, we are after someone from the local area to rehome him."
She added: "Sadly, one of the tumours that was removed was found to be malignant and so we're looking for a very special person to take him into their home."
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