JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --The Santa 7 ... Holiday love handles... it's no secret people tend to put on weight this time of year, but how about your pets?
Some lawmakers are so concerned about overweight cats and dogs; they've drafted a bill that would give diet pet food a tax break.
It's no secret how Bob Despo's dog got fat.
"Eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts, she just used to love eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts when she was a puppy," he said of his 17-year-old Yorkie, Baby.
Despo was at the dog park with his thinner and younger Yorkie Friday, but he says on Baby, her diet shows.
"She's supposed to weight 9... and she weighs 25," he said.
A new bill in the Florida legislature would make it easier for Baby to lose weight. The proposed legislation would exempt diet dog food from sales tax.
"I think it's a great idea because some dogs are overweight and it would be a good idea I think," said Despo.
But other dog owners think cutting the sales tax on diet dog food is, well, dog doo-doo.
"It's not a responsibility of the tax payers to give tax breaks for diet dog food. That's ridiculous," said Aubrey Greenwell.
Greenwell says she takes her 9-month-old Boxer to the dog park twice a week, and that should be enough to keep him svelte.
"Let him out in the back yard, throw him a ball, get active. It's not that hard," she said.
But Despo says for Baby, diet doggy food might be the best place to start.
"It's hard for her to get out of the house, she's hard to get through the door," he said.
The bill is just starting to make its way through the legislature, and would only apply to dogs whose veterinarians ordered them to lose weight for health reasons.