A blind man from Liverpool has been forced to temporarily relinquish custody of his guide dog of three years after being told the dog is too fat. Roger Debman, 60, is devastated to be separated from the five-year-old golden retriever named Peter, who is now in foster care until he loses weight – with the charity admitting could take a few months.
“On 5th November 2021, we will collect Peter from your home address and place with a temporary fosterer until we get him down to his optimum weight. This could take a few months depending on how quickly the weight loss happens. He will be regularly assessed during this period.
…..Once Peter has reached his optimum weight, he will then be returned to your care along with guidance on feeding and exercise program to maintain his optimum weight. Part of this agreement will involve regular visits to your local vets, and regular correspondence with Charity Dogs’ staff. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in a further temporary…”Guide Dogs Charity
Debman had previously been ordered to put Peter on a strict diet and exercise him daily to help the dog lose weight who had tipped the scales at 109 pounds. But even on a weight management program, which included more walks every day, Peter wasn’t able to shed enough pounds down to the desired weight of 88 pounds according to Charity Guide Dogs guidelines.
In 2008 Roger suffered two heart attacks and a stroke that left him partially blind. According to Roger, if Peter were to lose the weight the charity wants, the dog would be “too thin” and claims his vet wants the dog to weigh 99 pounds. Peter is actually two inches taller than the national average for golden retrievers, and Roger claims the charity does not know the dog’s optimum weight.
Without Peter, Roger has to rely on his wife and the help of neighbors to venture outdoors.
The Guide Dogs Charity said they will return Peter when he is slimmer; and maintaining the health of the dogs is “absolutely paramount.” The charity offers advice to Debman about keeping his dog in optimal health and have been giving him regular updates on the dog’s progress.
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