Tess Daly ‘horrified’ after accidentally running over and killing her dog

London Celebrity Sightings -  March 6, 2019

Tess Daly has spoken of her devastation after she accidentally ran over and killed her dog.

Minnie, a Maltese Shih Tzu, escaped after builders left a door open at her family mansion, The Sun On Sunday reports.

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The Strictly hosts will dance for more than 24 hours from Monday to raise money for Comic Relief.

The Strictly hosts will dance for more than 24 hours from Monday to raise money for Comic Relief.

The Strictly hosts will dance for more than 24 hours from Monday to raise money for Comic Relief.

File photo dated 22/1/2019 of Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (right) who will live up to their promise to "keep dancing" when they take on a special challenge for Comic Relief.
Claudia Winkleman (left), Stacey Dooley, and Tess Daly (right) with the award for best Talent Show in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Claudia Winkleman (left) and Tess Daly at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 at Broadcasting House in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 28th, 2017
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman attending the Virgin TV British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman attending the Virgin TV British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Picture date: Tuesday August 30, 2016. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Picture date: Tuesday August 30, 2016. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Picture date: Tuesday 30th August, 2016. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (left) attending the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Claudia Winkleman (left) and Tess Daly attending the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (right) with the Best Entertainment Programme award for Strictly Come Dancing in the press room the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (right) with the Best Entertainment Programme award for Strictly Come Dancing in the press room the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman attending the afterparty of the BAFTA TV awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving for the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Tess Daly on Claudia Winkleman on stage during the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly at the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Claudia Winkleman, Brucy Forsyth and Tess Daly attending the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving for the 2014 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman arriving for the 2014 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
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The accident happened as the Strictly Come Dancing host was returning home in her Range Rover and the pet ran under her front wheels.

Daly, 49, told the newspaper: "I'm horrified and devastated by this terrible, tragic accident.

"It has had a huge effect on the whole family and we are heartbroken at losing Minnie.

"This has, and continues to be, a very emotional time for us all."

She described six-year-old Minnie's death as "a dog owner's worst nightmare".

According to the newspaper, Daly was unaware Minnie had got out of the house and did not have time to react when the pet ran under her car.

The accident – which has also devastated Daly's husband, TV host Vernon Kay, and their daughters, aged 14 and nine – happened last month, days before the family were due to fly to the Maldives.

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