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Pets and people work out together at new fitness center

Pets and people workout together at new fitness center
Published: Apr. 15, 2016 at 3:32 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2016 at 9:54 AM EDT
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RADCLIFF, KY (WAVE) - Lost Pound Fitness and Pet Center may be the first of its kind in the entire state of Kentucky. It's a fitness center for both people and pets in Radcliff.

There are some centers like it scattered around the nation, but most are in major cities.

The center opened at the beginning of April after six months of renovations.

Jimmy Russell and his 7-year-old Rottweiler, Marquis, are one of its five members so far.

"I've never heard of anything for pets like this," Russell said.

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The center features human treadmills right next to pet ones and even pet wheels.

"Usually we don't put him on there for more than 10 minutes because he hasn't been exercising a lot," Russell said.

Norma Cooper worked with two veterinarians before she retired. She said she got bored and that's when she and Toshie Murrell decided to create the center.

"When she first said, 'I think we should have a fitness center for dogs', I thought…ok," Cooper said.

It started out as a non-profit rescue shelter.

"We thought if we had a business side, it would help to offset the cost of the rescue," Cooper said.

That changed though, the more they read about pet obesity.

"Every family has a pet it seems like and obesity is just as unhealthy for pets as it is for people," Murrell said.

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs are obese.

"It's just about bringing a service to the community that was lacking," Murrell said.

For the clients, it mostly about convenience, especially on days that are very cold, hot or raining.

"We can both get our cardio in and be done with it," Russell said. "I can't really take home to the gym on base."

Nearby Fort Knox is another catalyst for the center. It's why they have a daycare and foster pets.

"People go overseas or they're getting orders," Murrell said. "Sometimes they just can't take their pet."

Their plan is to eventually add classes for both obedience and fitness.

The fitness center is $15 to workout as much as you want. In addition to the fitness center, they also usually take care of around 15 other dogs for their daycare and currently house three rescue dogs.

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