Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:40:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department issued a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night. Robert McBride II was last seen leaving his residence on foot on Jamaica Avenue. He has a mohawk, andMore >>
The Memphis Police Department canceled a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:24 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:24:43 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis skateboard shop was going under until the Grizzlies' big wins, that is when owner Hunter Demster started selling T-shirts. The "Grind City" shirts saved his Midtown business whichMore >>
A Memphis skateboard shop was going under until the Grizzlies' big wins, that is when owner Hunter Demster started selling T-shirts.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:11 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:11:49 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Cleanup has begun amid the rubble Oklahoma City Wednesday where an EF-5 tornado devastated the Moore community. More than 13,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, causing possibly $2 billionMore >>
Cleanup has begun amid the rubble Oklahoma City Wednesday where an EF-5 tornado devastated the Moore community.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:00:22 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis mother defends her teenage son who is charged with murdering someone at a graduation party. Rebecca Miller and her son are anything but strangers to Action News 5. Our station helpedMore >>
A Memphis mother defends her teenage son who is charged with murdering someone at a graduation party.More >>
KNOXVILLE, TN -
(WMC-TV) – More than 35 million dogs in the United States are considered overweight. Did you know that dogs can also be considered clinically obese? It is nothing that doggy fat camp can't cure.
Mabel the Beagle is one fat pup. She weighed a whopping 67 pounds. That is almost three times her ideal size.
Dr. Angela Witzel, UT Veterinary Nutritionist, first met Mabel in January when her owners left her at an animal shelter in Knoxville because she was too big for them to care for.
"She was really sad," Witzel said. "She was pitiful, and definitely the fattest dog
I've ever seen."
The shelter brought her to UT's Veterinary Medical Center where it was love at first site for Witzel.
"I saw her when she came in, and in about an hour later I was starting the adoption process," said Witzel.
Once the papers were signed, Witzel enrolled Mabel in UT's canine fat camp.
"I thought this is perfect," she said. "I can help her, she can help me, and we can do this together."
The animals at the fat camp walk their weight off on underwater treadmills. Doctors limit their calories while testing for disease and hypertension, which are common risks for fat pets.
"Kinda all the problems we see with people with obesity, dogs and cats have the same issues," said Dr. Witzel.
The treadmill worked. In just six months, Mabel went from 67 pounds to almost half of her original weight. She lost almost 30 pounds.
Her mom said she is up and around all the time now. She even has a Facebook page with around 1,000 friends. She celebrated Mardi Gras in a parade and even paid tribute to Donna Summer when she passed away.
All the UT veterinarians are involved in Mabel's transformation.
"Rehabilitation has multiple benefits and can enrich the lives of our canine companions by weight loss to reduce the wear and tear and stress and strain on joints," said UT Veterinary Canine Rehab Specialist Dr. Marti Drum.
"Some dogs and cats are really good about pushing the plate away and saying, ‘I'm good.' and others aren't so good,'" said Dr. Witzel.
Since Mabel is a Beagle mix, doctors say she is predisposed to a large appetite.
At fat camp, her diet was regulated and there were absolutely no table scraps.
With all the weight loss, a tummy tuck may be the next step.
"Mabel does have a lot of really loose skin right now, so it's kind of hard for me to tell what's going to happen there until we get her to lose all of her weight," said Dr. Witzel.
Mabel has about 15 pounds still to go to reach her healthy body weight of 23 pounds.
Fat pets run the risk of urinary tract disease, hypertension, respiratory problems, cardiovascular disease and more.
Vets at UT said the most important thing for pets, like humans, is a healthy diet and proper exercise.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:32:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It is a tiny pest with a big bite that can do major damage. One Germantown family said it only took one infected tick to change their entire lifestyle – something they have been dealing withMore >>
It is a tiny pest with a big bite that can do major damage.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:46 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:46:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The man accused of killing a police officer walked out of jail a free man Wednesday afternoon. Action News 5's Nick Kenney was there as Timothy McKinney was released. McKinney was accused ofMore >>
The man who pleaded guilty to killing a police officer walked out of jail a free man Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:33:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The City of Memphis is saying "goodbye and good riddance" to blight. A derelict apartment complex, formerly called Park Place Apartments, sat vacant for four years breeding crime. It is nowMore >>
A derelict apartment complex, formerly called Park Place Apartments, sat vacant for four years breeding crime. It is now being demolished.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:48 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:48:12 GMT
(WMC-TV) - More jobs are coming to Memphis and city leaders are rolling out the red carpet to celebrate. Kruger Products is a leading nationwide towel and tissue manufacturer. The company announced theyMore >>
A Canadian company announced that are adding hundreds of jobs to its North Memphis office. Kruger Products rolled out the red carpet Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the expansion.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:48:44 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mom is convinced that one of her children was murdered. Frances Chambers has spent the past four years and a lot of money investigating the death of her son Demond. Police in herMore >>
A Mid-South mom is convinced that one of her children was murdered, despite the medical examiner's report. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:10:09 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Wednesday is the very last day of school for students and also the last day of the Memphis City Schools system. Action News 5's Justin Hanson is speaking to longtime MCS teachers and volunteersMore >>
Wednesday is the very last day of school for students and also the last day of the Memphis City Schools system.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:22 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:22:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department fired two of its officers Wednesday. Marc Henderson, 32, and Parker Culver, 29, were terminated for personal conduct and violate regulation. In February, thereMore >>
Marc Henderson, 32, and Parker Culver, 29, were terminated for personal conduct and aid to violate regulation.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:21:12 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetMore >>
One man is dead after two men attacked him in broad daylight with knives and meat cleavers. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:49 AM EDT2013-05-22 04:49:28 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A flood frustrated resident in a Southaven neighborhood called her backyard an ocean after severe weather Tuesday. Inside Louise Rinhart's home is not much better. "Carpet and I got hardwoodMore >>
A flood frustrated resident in a Southaven neighborhood called her backyard an ocean after severe weather Tuesday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:13:44 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Firefighters escorted several families from their flooded homes in Horn Lake after a rain-swollen creek rose beyond its banks Tuesday. The firefighters offered piggyback rides to children toMore >>
Firefighters escorted several families from their flooded homes in Horn Lake after a rain-swollen creek rose beyond its banks Tuesday.More >>