'Weight loss wonder dog' seeks new home - WKRN News 2

'Weight loss wonder dog' seeks new home

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Delores after weight loss - Photo courtesy Williamson County Animal Control Delores after weight loss - Photo courtesy Williamson County Animal Control
Delores before weight loss - Photo courtesy Williamson County Animal Control Delores before weight loss - Photo courtesy Williamson County Animal Control
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

 The Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center is seeking a new home for a dog that recently lost 30 pounds.

Delores, who is being called "weight loss wonder dog," was found on a Williamson County roadside in May 2013.

According to a news release, Delores, who is a Shar Pei mix, was brought to the animal control facility and was taken to the shelter's impound kennel, which is required for seven days.

After no one came to claim her, she was set to go into the shelter's adoption system.

Weighing 86 pounds, Delores was considered morbidly obese and could barely walk. Staff said she was unhealthy and was not considered a good candidate for adoption.

Her weight was putting pressure on her joints, causing soreness and making her nearly immobile.

The shelter took special interest in rehabilitating Delores so they set her up with a strict diet and began an exercise routine.
 
After undergoing a routine physical, tests confirmed she had hyperthyroidism and had to be put on medication.

Delores was also set up with Dr. Benny Woody's Animal Health Center in Franklin. Dr. Benny is known for using underwater treadmill therapy methods.

After a few weeks, Delores was placed in foster care for rehab and monitoring. With the help of her new diet, exercise, and regular water therapy, she was able to shed 30 pounds.

Before she was ready for adoption, Delores had to have surgery for a large mammary tumor, which was benign.

After six months of care, with the help of the shelter's staff and volunteers, she was ready to join the adoption list.

Delores is about 5 years old. She now weighs 57 pounds. She is "great with kids and other dogs." She is also housebroken and well-behaved.

All of the parties involved in her rehabilitation say she is "so special… she is living proof that it truly does ‘take a village' to get some pets ready for adoption."

Anyone interested in adoption Delores should contact the shelter at (615) 790-5590.

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