- Honey the beagle, who once weighed in at 68lbs and was given up to be euthanized, could soon find a new home after rehab helped her lose 40lbs
- She piled on the pounds after her owner who had Alzheimer kept feeding her
- She was dropped off at the SPCA of Niagara County to be euthanized
- At the time, she could hardly move and her belly scraped along the floor
- Staff at the SPCA helped her lose the weight by making her work out
- Twice a week she would go to rehab and walk on a water treadmill
- She will soon be medically cleared and ready for adoption
A dog was almost euthanized after ballooning to an enormous 68 pounds were it not for an animal charity that helped her lose weight.
Honey the beagle was put on a strict diet and rehab program that helped her lose two-thirds of her body weight meaning she could soon be put up for adoption.
She was dropped off at the SPCA of Niagara County in New York State and in terrible shape: not only could she hardly move but her belly scraped the floor as she dragged herself along by her front paws.
Honey, an obese beagle, weighed 68 pounds when she was dropped off at a shelter in June and could barely walk without dragging her belly along the ground
A month later, Honey, pictured in July, was starting to look happy as she started to lose the pounds
She weighed 68 pounds which is about forty pounds above a healthy Beagle weight
The pounds slowly started to come off after she was placed on medication and started walking more
She was also urinating and defecating on herself.
Unfortunately, not helping matters her owner was an elderly woman with dementia who would forget that she fed Honey and often feed her again and again.
The SPCA put her on medication as well as a rigorous workout regime and she finally began to lose the pounds while on a water treadmill that made moving easier.
In just six months, she managed to lose 40 pounds and a won a fresh chance at life.
It was slow progress even just trying to get Honey to move
Eventually the dog was in rehab twice a week, working on things like a water treadmill
This photo in October shows the difference compared to when she was admitted in June, top
‘I was amazed at how fast it happened,’ Sue Cable, an SPCA volunteer and foster dog mom, said to NBC. ‘Once she was in a home and able to move around in that, she just went.’
Staff at the SPCA say that they would like to see her lose another five pounds after which she will be medically cleared and ready for adoption.
You can keep up with Honey’s journey through the Niagara County SPCA’s Facebook page.
By November, Honey was starting to look in much better shape. The SPCA staff said she is happier and in better spirits
Honey will soon be at a healthy enough weight to be adopted within the next few months