80lb Obese Dog Wins Weight Loss Battle

March 8, 2020

COMM: Just one year ago Bolinha the stray dog was dangerously overweight. But just twelve
months later thanks to the intervention of BRazilian animal charities and vets, he has
shed the pounds and has been given a whole new lease of life. 00:27
COMM: Bolinha was a stray mongrel sleeping outside a snack bar and restaurant at a filling
station in rural Brazil. Surviving off scraps fed to him by staff and passers by he became
so obese that he could barely move, and was often photographed by visitors. 00:44
COMM: He was eventually rescued last September by an animal charity. 01:14
COMM: Michele teamed up with Pamela Ferreti. A lawyer and animal activist that runs Pam
Pet in Cuiabá, a hundred and eighty six miles from where Bolinha was rescued. 01:24
COMM: She publicised Bolinha’s case to raise the money to pay for his treatment. 01:42
COMM: From the state of his teeth the vets estimated he was around nine-years-old and
he weighed almost 80lbs. 01:50
COMM: Test revealed no reason for the obesity other than over eating, and so they set about
nursing him back to health. 02:27
COMM: Just one year later, Bolinha is a changed dog. Even if he does have some excess skin.

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