If there ever a Lab’s Biggest Loser Contest, Alfie would be the Grand Champion.
Alfie, a 12-year-old cream Labrador, weighed 171lbs when he was signed over to the animal charity who forced him to shed a few pounds. The overweight animal grew to weigh 171lbs because his dementia-suffering owner kept forgetting that he had already fed him. The owner’s daughter contacted the RSPCA as she felt that her ill father could no longer look after Alfie. By the time the RSPCA came to take the animal away in March, the dog couldn’t stand up and he had to be lifted by four people using towels as a sling. RSPCA staff said that Alfie was the fattest dog that they had ever seen, describing him as “a massive blob with a leg at each corner”. Since Alfie was taken into the care of the animal charity, he has lost 4st 8lbs. He still needs to lose another 42lbs to reach his target weight.
Obesity in Labs is probably more common than it appears. Lets face it, Labradors may have been Chefs in their former lives because they love food.