'Doggy Fat Camp' helps overweight Beagle

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Young Williams Animal Center takes in thousands of animals every year but when an overweight beagle waddled through their doors they knew they needed expert help.

Mabel the Beagle weighed 67 pounds when she waddled through the doors of Young Williams Animal Center; that's that's the equivalent to a 380 pound person.However, she's losing weight with the help of the University of Tennessee veterinary Medical Center.

After a brief stay at Young Williams Animal Center, Mabel was taken to the UT Veterinary Medical Center where she met Dr. Angela Witzel.

"When she came in she would only walk 50 yards and then just collapse. Mabel only got up to eat, drink and go to the bathroom. She barley moved." said Dr. Witzel

It was a heartbreaking site but a turning point for Dr. Witzel.

"I fell in love with as soon as she waddled through our doors. Within an hour, I had the adoption papers signed and she was mine." said Dr. Witzel.

Dr. Witzel enrolled Mabel in "Fat Camp" which consists of a strict diet and exercise program an underwater treadmill.

"She goes three times a week for about 15 minutes. The water gives her more resistances, therefore, it makes her muscles work hard and in turn she burns more calories." said Dr. Witzel

All of Mabel's hard work has paid off because she has dropped 30 pounds in the past 6 months but she has a few more pounds to go.

Dr. Witzel said "She's at 35 pounds right now and we'd like to see her drop about 10 more pounds but we have already saw a change in her; she acts more like a puppy than a 5 year old dog."

If you are concerned about your pet; check with your veterinary about a diet plan. Also, remember that just one ounce of cheese for a 20 pound dog equals two and half hamburgers for a 5'4" person.

To follow Mabel's progress; click on the link below for her Facebook page.


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