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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 September 2005, 07:25 GMT 08:25 UK
Collie sent to charity fat camp
Sammy will get regular check-ups and weigh-ins
An overweight dog from Coventry is being given the chance to beat the bulge at a new fat camp for pets.

Sammy the eight-year-old Cross Collie weighs more than nine stone (57kg) - twice the weight he should be.

The porky pet has been chosen to take part in a 100-day diet and fitness programme and competition run by animal charity PDSA.

His owner John Perry admits he has spoilt Sammy over the years due to the fact he was a rescue dog.

"He always needed that little bit of extra loving and caring," he told BBC News.

Unfit furries

"When he looks at you because he wants feeding you just have to feed him."

Sammy is one of seven pets from across the UK chosen to take part in the programme.

Owners will receive one-to-one guidance and support from their local PDSA vet, regular pet check-ups and weigh-ins as well as expert diet and fitness advice.

At the end of the 100 days the dog which has lost the most weight will get a pet-friendly holiday in Dorset.

Liz Randell, from PDSA, said: "Many of us are aware of the growing problem of obesity in humans, but very rarely do we turn our attention to the diet and fitness of our pets.

"PDSA pet fit camp will take seven of the nation's most unfit furries on a programme that will teach them to drop the bad habits, as well as the pounds."

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