A North Carolina pup once classified as morbidly obese is now ready to join a new family after trimming nearly half her weight over the past six months.
“Miss Butterworth” was a “very full-figured gal” – weighing in at 20.2 pounds when she arrived at the Asheville Humane Society in June, after being left behind by previous owners.
Based on her small frame, Miss Butterworth was about twice as heavy as she should have been, the group said.
“She was so overweight, she was nearly incapable of moving around, and her size was causing her to have difficulty breathing,” the society wrote in documenting the dog’s story online. “Too obese to be spayed, this incredibly sweet girl went into foster care and was immediately put on a weight-loss plan to help her have a life worth living.”
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“Miss Butterworth’s Weight Loss Challenge” began with daily walks of 5 to 10 minutes that eventually became 30-minute strolls.
The more active lifestyle and a special raw-food diet helped the Asheville-area celebrity weigh in at 12 pounds on Friday.
The achievement left the dog fit for adoption – though her new owners will have to help carry on her exercise and healthy diet, the society said.
The Asheville Humane Society created an online application form as a first phase for people interested in adopting Miss Butterworth. Applications are due Friday.