New Year dieters desperate to shed those extra festive pounds can take inspiration from an unlikely source - a Dalmatian who has shed five stone since being rescued from the owner who fed him on junk food.
Barney weighed a mammoth 11st - twice his ideal weight - and was barely able to walk after his owner John Green, 50, fed him on a diet of crisps and chocolate.
But he has dropped to a healthy six stone after the RSPCA intervened in June.
Over-indulged: Barney weighed 70kg (11st) when he was rescued from owner John Green last June
Slimline: The new-look Barney after months of exercise and dieting
Green, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, has since been banned from keeping dogs for ten years and Barney is looking for a new home.
Chris Walkden, who runs RSPCA Warrington's Halton and St Helen's animal centre, said: 'If I could make a plea on Barney's behalf it would be to please adopt him if you think you can offer him all the love, time and care he needs.
'He is a sweet, affectionate, special dog who has already been through so much.
Green, appearing before Macclesfield magistrates last month on animal cruelty charges, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to address Barney's chronic obesity, not providing him with suitable diet and exercise, and not allowing him to express normal behaviour due to his extreme obesity.
He was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £780 costs, but the £864 vet's bill was awarded from central funds.
The court heard that Green had not set out to deliberately harm the dog but had failed to realise the seriousness of his condition - even though he had been told to seek veterinary advice by RSPCA inspectors who were alerted by concerned neighbours in June 2007.
His over-indulgence of the pet was a process of 'killing with kindness', his solicitor John Temperley said.
When he was seized from a portable cabin in Macclesfield last summer he weighed 70kg.
He went on a special diet at a private boarding kennels where staff gave him regular exercise until he reached a healthy weight of just under 40kg.
Despite widespread coverage of his case, Barney has yet to receive an offer of a new home.
Mr Walkden said: 'We just can't understand why Barney is still here. He is a lovely dog with the most affectionate, playful nature.
'He has worked really hard to slim down to just under 40kg and now, deservedly, takes full advantage of his new svelte figure - chasing balls, bouncing through the fields - he really is a bundle of energy and fun.
'He is so gentle and has a very sweet and docile temperament. His ideal home is somewhere where he can remain active, be taken out for lots of walks and lavished with lots of love and attention.
'He would be happy around older children but would suit being an only pet so is looking for a household with no other animals preferably.'
The cost of adoption would be £100 including neutering, microchipping, vaccinations and worming/flea treatments.
• Anyone interested in adopting Barney should call 01925 632 944 or visit RSPCA Warrington, Halton & St Helens Branch - Home Page.
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