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Portly dog Oscar on crash diet to win national prize

By Matthew Cooper

A slimmed-down spaniel has won a national pet weight loss contest after shedding almost 40% of his bulk in just six months.

Ten-year-old Oscar once tipped the scales at 3st 6lb (22kg), but is now a trim 2st 1lb (13kg) after taking part in veterinary charity PDSA's annual Pet Fit Club.

The former heavyweight was put on a strict diet and exercise programme, including hydrotherapy, after getting fat on Sunday dinners and leftovers, leaving him breathless on walks even around the garden.

Oscar's owner, June Lawrence (78) from Wolverhampton, admitted that she spoiled the black-and-tan dog after her husband died last year.

June's daughter, Karen Allen, said: "Before Pet Fit Club, Oscar didn't get much exercise.

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