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A fundraising campaign has been launched to help one of Britain's fattest dogs who was sent to an animal sanctuary – double its recommended weight.
Two obese pooches Benny and Ebony, both Border Collies, bulked up significantly as their owner struggled to look after them.
After he died, they were handed into to a sanctuary by a worried neighbour and rushed straight to the vets.
Ebony tipped the scales at 45.8 kg and Benny at 43kg – twice what they should have weighed.
Ebony, 16, was given pain medication immediately but was so heavy she couldn't get up unassisted so spent her final days sprayed out on the floor.
Due to the severity of her condition, she had to be put to sleep at Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary in Bristol.
But a campaign has now been launched to help Benny, aged seven, with the ongoing treatment.
Benny is described as having "true Border Collie joy and a longing to play and explore".
He is now happily living in his foster home, but will still need medical treatment to get back to health, which is expected to cost thousands of pounds.
Holly Hedge fundraiser Hannah Goodwin-Sharman said: "We are raising the funds because Benny needs a dental surgery, neutering and investigation for the brown spot on his paw, which could be a result of a wound that has healed incorrectly."
"He's currently on antibiotics and pain relief and may need joint support for the rest of his life due to the weight he's carried for so long. He also needs a special diet to help him slim down."
From the vet's history, both dogs have been taken to the vets regularly, where the owner was advised that they urgently needed to lose weight.
Although they were on weight control food, a close friend of the owner said that he would top this up with other treats and wet food, as he didn't want to deprive them of anything.
"Since our appeal went out we've been contacted by many people who wanted to reassure us that the owner loved the dogs deeply.
"They said Ebony and Benny were a lasting connection to his wife who sadly passed almost a decade ago, and following this his physical and mental health suffered."
"It is tragic that he didn't feel he could ask for help, as it is clear so many people would have wanted to. It is a desperately sad situation and one that reminds us that people aren't always as well as they seem."
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