Sunderland Jack Russell is Britain’s pet slimming champion

BEFORE: PDSA head nurse Lindsay Atkinson with Ruby the Jack Russell before the roly-poly family pet was put on a diet and fitness programme. Below, the new slimline Ruby.

BEFORE: PDSA head nurse Lindsay Atkinson with Ruby the Jack Russell before the roly-poly family pet was put on a diet and fitness programme. Below, the new slimline Ruby.

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ROLY Ruby the Jack Russell is no longer a podgy pooch – in fact, the once obese dog has just scooped the title of the UK’s pet slimming champion.

The five-year-old rescue dog was one of 16 set a six-month diet and fitness programme by vet charity PDSA.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28''Undated handout before and after photos issued by the PDSA of  head Nurse Lindsay Atkinson, with Jack Russell Terrier, Ruby, from Sunderland, which has been named the UK's pet slimming champion of 2013 after losing one third of her bodyweight, after tipping the scales at 9.1kg (1stone 6lbs), making it morbidly obese and more than 50% overweight. Six months on the dog is now 6.2kg (just under a stone) and near to an ideal weight of 6kg, the terrier also shed 17cm (7inches) from its waist and 10cm (4inches) from its chest, after joining in the PDSA Pet Fit Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 27, 2013. See PA story ANIMALS Fat. Photo credit should read: Ian McClelland/PDSA/PA Wire

EMBARGOED TO 0001 THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28''Undated handout before and after photos issued by the PDSA of head Nurse Lindsay Atkinson, with Jack Russell Terrier, Ruby, from Sunderland, which has been named the UK's pet slimming champion of 2013 after losing one third of her bodyweight, after tipping the scales at 9.1kg (1stone 6lbs), making it morbidly obese and more than 50% overweight. Six months on the dog is now 6.2kg (just under a stone) and near to an ideal weight of 6kg, the terrier also shed 17cm (7inches) from its waist and 10cm (4inches) from its chest, after joining in the PDSA Pet Fit Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 27, 2013. See PA story ANIMALS Fat. Photo credit should read: Ian McClelland/PDSA/PA Wire

Ruby, who competed alongside fellow Wearside pooch Oscar, put on weight after she was adopted by Angela Martin, 40, four years ago.

She was underweight when she was found roaming the streets, and the Martin family lavished attention and treats on their new pet.

In May, she weighed 9.1kg, making her more than 50 per cent overweight.

She is now 6.2kg, a whisker away from her ideal weight of 6kg.

Nurse Lindsay Atkinson, with Jack Russell Terrier, Ruby, from Sunderland, which has been named the UK's pet slimming champion of 2013 after losing one third of her bodyweight.

Nurse Lindsay Atkinson, with Jack Russell Terrier, Ruby, from Sunderland, which has been named the UK's pet slimming champion of 2013 after losing one third of her bodyweight.

Angela said: “It got to the stage where she couldn’t jump on the sofa or the bed.

“The only thing she would move for was the sound of the treat jar opening.

“We are absolutely delighted with the results and can’t thank PDSA enough for helping Ruby to slim down. Winning the competition is wonderful, but the real prize is seeing Ruby enjoying a new lease of life tearing around the garden and playing with her toys.”

Seven-year-old spaniel collie-cross Oscar weighed 33kg, and has shed 20 per cent of his weight.

Owner Tanya Burrell, 48, from Sunderland, said: “Oscar is now living life to the full and is happier and healthier than ever.”