A morbidly obese dog, abandoned by his owners who apparently left him in a yard when they moved away, has been rescued. The cattle dog, dubbed Arbuckle, was being held at the Tulare animal shelter before being rescued by the Los Angeles based non-profit, A Purposeful Rescue.’
On November 16, the rescue group thanked the animal shelter staff for bringing the obese dog’s plight to their attention:
The Tulare Shelter was kind enough to shave him (keep scrolling for “before” photos) and they put a desperate plea out for help to the rescue community. The moment we saw him we knew we had to put a plan together to get this big boy the hell out of dodge!
Arbuckle was freed from the shelter and taken to a veterinarian where blood work revealed that he is suffering from hypothyroid – which is promising, because there is medication to help him lose weight. It appears that Arbuckle has suffered with this condition for a long time – the rescue group wrote:
Sadly, it appears he’s had a thyroid problem for years without treatment which is a bummer but we are doing everything in our power to make him comfortable. Sweet dreams ❤️
Arbuckle has a long road to weight-loss recovery ahead of him. He weighs 130 pounds – a shockingly high number which have led to a slew of health issues. Better days are ahead Arbuckle.
(Images via A Purposeful Rescue Facebook page and Jonny Preston Instagram/Facebook)
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