Rusty, once overweight, is now a healthy Labrador again.
This ten-year-old dog was 161 pounds when his owners, Derek and David Benton, were convicted of cruelty for allowing Rusty to gain so much weight and causing unnecessary suffering.
Rusty was struggling to walk and was suffering from arthritis, which was more painful because of his weight.
RSPCA officers seized Rusty from the Bentons and the brothers were ordered to pay for RSPCA’s legal costs and were given a three year conditional discharge.
Now, after seeing a vet and a combination of a good diet and exercise, Rusty weighs 88 pounds. He finally has a waistline and people can feel his ribs again.
His vet said, “Prior to his treatment and weight loss Rusty was the most disabled dog I have ever seen in practice. However, he now has a proper life again. He did literally look like a walrus. There were times when he couldn’t get up from his back legs at all. He is a much happier and healthier dog now, his pain is well-controlled and he walks much better than he could before.”
After ten months apart, officials said the Bentons were allowed to resume custody of Rusty on the condition he lost weight and will not put the weight back on.
Source: Daily Mail