London, Sep 2 (ANI): A Brit dog owner has been fined more than 1,100 pounds for letting his pet Labrador get so fat that he weighed the same as a grown man.
NHS worker Melvyn Davies, 58, from Beaumaris in Anglesey, North Wales, has admitted to causing the 11st animal, known as Ben, unnecessary suffering.
The 10-year-old dog weighed 70 kilos instead of the recommended 25, and also had an untreated wound on his neck.
But Davies has blamed Ben's short legs for his lack of exercise, saying they caused him to balloon in size.
"Ben is now down to six-and-a-half stones and doing well. He's a beautiful, friendly dog but in 35 years I had never seen a dog so obese," the Daily Express quoted RSPCA Inspector Kevin Paton as saying.
Magistrates at Holyhead fined Davies 1,170 pounds, plus 100 pounds costs.
They deprived him of Ben, now looked after privately, but he escaped a blanket ban on keeping animals. (ANI)