Flabby Lab Tips Scales at Nearly 200 lbs

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At double the weight of a normal Lab, Sampson may very well be Australia’s fattest dog.

But that’s not his fault. He’s in the care of the Animal Aid shelter in Coldstream, Victoria. Vet Amber Lavery is fostering Sampson until he loses half of his weight, and she is certain that his former owners fed him junk food.

In an interview with the Herald Sun she said, “He’s the size of a small heifer. It’s obvious to get a case of such extreme obesity, Sampson has been fed excessive quantities of the wrong types of food over a very extended period of time.”

His considerable girth presents challenges: his dog house no longer fits, and transporting him requires a van. He expected to back to his normal weight by Christmas, and it wouldn’t surprise us if there were a long line of potential adopters waiting to take him home.

28 thoughts on “Flabby Lab Tips Scales at Nearly 200 lbs”

  1. A poor pup. At my work, I once saw an obese beagle and he weighed 85 pounds. His head was too small — out of proportion. His belly was on the floor and he was unable to walk. Sadly the poor dog was put down to the renal failure. Hope Sampson stays healthy until Christmas.

  2. We are rooting for Sampson! The first step for his recovery was given when he got rid of the bad owner who let him get that fat.

  3. two of my labs are on a permanent diet and still are big..no thyroid problem dont get scraps they are just big boys

  4. How can a person……i love sampson…ur old owners should never be allowed to own pets


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