How this overweight dog lost half its size

A morbidly obese Jack Russell mix overfed by its previous owner and then abandoned on the streets has lost almost half her weight — and is still shedding pounds.

Pearl, who at one point was over 80 pounds, is now down to much healthier 44 pounds — a difference that likely saved her life.

“At times, we didn’t think she was going to make it, we feared she was going to have a heart attack, but she didn’t and she fought on, I’m really proud of her. She’s came so far in her weight loss and emotional wellbeing, Hayley Zielinski, co-founder of Dog Networking Agents rescue group in Augusta, GA, told Caters News Agency.

While dogs like Pearl are usually euthanized, Zielinski felt compelled to save Pearl and put her on a strict diet and exercise routine that includes an underwater treadmill.

“Dogs lose weight completely different to the way humans do, it’s about a pound a month for her, now she’s down to being a medium sized dog,” Zielinski told Caters.

“All along the way she has had health issues, from pneumonia to over complications from her being so overweight and badly out of shape,” she added.

Peal seems much happier now that’s she’s healthier, Zielinski said. But she’s also still a little lazy.

“I will take her for a walk and after a while she will just drop on the floor and refuses to move,” Zielinski said.

Pearl’s weight loss story has even inspired people looking to slim down, and the beloved local dog has become a quasi-celebrity at Weight Watchers meetings.

Zielinski, whose organization helps shelter dogs find homes, was not able to find Pearl an owner so she still cares for her.

Pearl's weight loss journey

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How this overweight dog lost half its size

March 9, 2017

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