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An Alaskan malamute who has been nicknamed 'Britain's Fattest Dog' has been put on a strict diet after eating too many pies and pasties.
Massive malamute George, who has gained the nickname 'Georgie Porgie' given his pre-occupation with pies, weighs 70 kilograms and was recently handed over to a Plymouth rescue shelter because his owners couldn't afford to feed him.
To be fair, it seems a bit like they weren't actually the ones who were responsible for his weight gain in the first place. Apparently, pasties were being flung over the garden fence and Georgie was simply hoovering them up.
What kind of monster is throwing pasties away? Let alone throwing them over a wall and making a dog overweight.
Anyway, George was taken to Gables Farm in Plymouth partially because they couldn't afford Georgie's extravagant diet, but also because they've got a decent record when it comes to doggie diet plans.
They've got a job on their hands, though. George needs to shed some serious poundage if he's going to get back to his ideal weight. 35 kilograms of weight is the magic number.
That's half his entire body weight.
The shelter will be encouraged by the success they had in rehabilitating the health of 'Bopper the Whopper' and 'Hattie the Fattie' before now.
Bopper and Hattie managed to lose a combined 27kg, and Hattie now has a new home. That bodes well, at least.
Those two were gigantic dogs, but nothing compared to Georgie Porgie, mind.
In fact, George is 20kg heavier than Bopper was when he arrived and 30kg heavier than Hattie. They've got their work cut out, for sure.
The shelter's deputy manager, Ruth Pickards, said: "Each time we have an obese animal come into our care we think it is the biggest we will ever see and then along comes an even fatter one.
"It's just heartbreaking because it is so easy to prevent, but we will build on our previous success and get him slimmed down.
"We are so proud of the work we do here and dogs like Georgie Porgie help to remind us of what it means to be a true non-euthanasia charity."
After his arrival at the shelter, Georgie Porgie is now on a strict diet and is exercising to get his weight down. The shelter have also set up a fundraising page in the hope that they can cover his vet bills, which are around £800.
Hopefully Georgie Porgie can slim down and find a new home soon.
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