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Photo gallery: Chubby pups transform at Doggie Fat Camp
See rescue dogs and pampered pooches shed pounds at Doggie Fat Camp in Oregon.

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Butters the yellow Labrador retriever weighed 142 pounds when animal rescue worker Heather Hines kept him from being euthanized at a county shelter.

Photos courtesy of Heather Hines and Linda Phillips

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It took four people to load the 3-year-old dog into Hines’ vehicle. She knew the pudgy pooch would have to lose a considerable amount of weight if he ever wanted to be adopted.

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Mark Norman, DVM, owner of Bethany Family Veterinary Clinic in Portland, Ore., examined Butters to make sure a weight-loss regimen was appropriate and then shortly after Hines started Doggie Fat Camp. After four and half months of strict diet and exercise, Butters lost 58 pounds.

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After losing the equivalent of another large dog in weight, Hines placed him with a family with the contingency, 'You need to keep him on this diet.'

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Butters slimmed down to a trim 84 pounds and now he can rest easy knowing he made it to his goal weight.

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This current fat camp attendee made the local news—Ozzy the rat terrier poses with KATU News reporter Melanie Wingo and Heather Hines, owner of Doggie Fat Camp.

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This rat terrier definitely has some junk in the trunk. Ozzy's owner Linda Phillips realized she was killing him with kindness by giving him treats.

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When Ozzy's owners dropped him off at Fat Camp he weighed 46 pounds. Their veterinarian says he should weigh 29 pounds at the most.

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Ozzy's owners are so relieved that their pup is forming healthier habits, they vow never to return to the way they were.

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Ozzy wasn’t always chunky; he sits pretty at his goal weight several years ago.

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