Imagine animal control telling you your dog was so overweight that he had to be put on a diet to loose weight immediately. If you didn’t follow these requirements, you could be fined or you could even lose your dog.
This is what happened to Fawn Lunde. Her five-year-old dog Tobias is her best friend. But Lunde was in danger of losing her beloved bloodhound because Tobias weighed 197 pounds and was considered to be morbidly obese by the animal control department.
Amiie Gabrilska, a senior humane officer with the animal control department of Coulee Region Humane Society, ordered that Lunde have a diet analysis and weight loss plan done for her dog.
Gabrilska said it was among 619 â€œcompliance ordersâ€ the department issued to pet owners in 2006. If Lunde didn’t abide, she could be fined or Tobias could be confiscated.
Immediately, Lunde put Tobias in a weight-therapy program which included weekly weigh-ins and reducing his food portions. At the end of the five month program, Tobias did not lose any weight at all.
â€œI may not be the smartest cookie,â€ Lunde said, â€œbut I do know when thereâ€™s a weight problem, it could be due to thyroid or pituitary gland problems. I kept telling them that, but they were so set on the idea that I was overfeeding him.â€
Lunde had a blood test done on Tobias at an animal hospital. The veterinary technician said: â€œItâ€™s most likely his obesity was caused by thyroid problems.â€
Tobias was prescribed medication on September 15, and since then, he has lost 9 pounds.
It would seem like all would be well with Lunde and Tobias, but Lunde added that animal control recently asked to see her financial records. They were worried that she couldn’t pay for Tobias’ ongoing medical care and medication.
She said that she has enough money to care for her dog, and she is simply worried about what animal control may do to take away her dog.
Source: La Crosse Tribune