Is This Animal Abuse?

If giving children too much food is ‘child abuse’ these days, is giving dogs too much food ‘animal abuse’?

“A portly Labrador retriever, thought to perhaps be the fattest dog in the United Kingdom, is being slimmed down thanks to a restrictive diet and the help of the RSPCA.

According to Wednesday’s publication of The Sun, the 12-year-old dog named “Alfie” weighed an incredible 168 pounds when he was first surrendered to the RSPCA back in March.

Sadly, Alfie’s prior owner suffered from dementia and fed the dog multiple times throughout the day, forgetting that Alfie had already eaten.”

Should a person with dementia be allowed to own a dog if he is incapable of looking after a dog? Where are the relatives, carers, local Vet?

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

2 comments

  1. The carers had voiced concerned to the patients daughter over a year ago and she contacted Alfies vet.
    The vet had already put Alfie on a diet and weekly weigh ins. Unfortunately, the owner kept forgetting to keep the dog on a diet and take him for weekly weigh ins, then the neighbour reported the owner to the RSPCA.

    • Thank you Diane. I can see this is a difficult situation. My point was that simply treating this as a ‘dog problem’ is missing the point. The problem is the inability of the owner to provide the dog with adequate care. You can’t fix that with a diet plan.

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