A DOG who weighed the same as a baby elephant has been dubbed "slimmer of the year" after shedding half his weight in just 12 months.

Alaskan malamute Trojan, who is 10-years-old arrived into the care of the RSPCA in November 2020 weighing in at a shocking 101kg.

He is now ready to find a new home.

Kennel supervisor Nicola Anthony, from Ashley Heath Animal Centre near Ringwood which has been caring for him, said: “Poor Trojan was in a terrible way when he arrived here a year ago. He was dirty, matted and unbelievable obese.

“It’s taken a year, a very special diet and an exercise regime to help him lose the weight slowly and safely; and he’s now almost half of his original weight. Thankfully, he hasn’t lost his big character.”

The lovable bear is now a much healthier weight and is feeling much better for it. But the senior pooch needs a home that can keep his previous health and age in mind when taking him on.

Nicola added: “Trojan is arthritic and has thyroid problems so will need ongoing treatment in his new home. These conditions won’t be covered by any insurance so his new owners will need to be prepared to cover these costs.

“Although he’s in his twilight years, don’t let that fool you; he has no intention of ‘retiring’ any time soon. He is still strong and likes to go for short walks, plod around the garden and have a good sniff!

“He gets on really well with other dogs but doesn’t like being jumped all over so he’s best around calm, respectful doggy friends. We think he’d be best as the only dog in his new home so he can have all of the attention and affection; and he really deserves it.”

Trojan is looking for a home where he’ll have good company, regular grooming and lots of belly rubs.

He spends most of the day sleeping in the reception area at the centre but will soon let you know with his big bark if someone arrives or if it’s dinner time.

The 10-year-old dog is looking for a home with someone who will be around for most of the day and, once he’s settled in his new home and routine, may be able to be left for short periods of time. He could live with older children and needs owners who will not over-fuss him.

Find out more about Trojan online or contact Ashley Heath on ashleyheath@rspca.org.uk.


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