Newsreader Sophie Raworth heartbroken by dog's death in car accident

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: BBC presenter Sophie Raworth before the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Everton FC at Stamford Bridge on March 08, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

Newsreader Sophie Raworth has said she is "utterly heartbroken" after her pet dog was killed in a tragic accident.

The 52-year-old BBC News host told her 106k Twitter followers: "Our gorgeous cavapoo puppy Winnie died on Friday night. She was hit by a car, chasing squirrels.

"I never knew it was possible to love a dog that much. A total joy and my constant companion. She was also my newest running buddy. She loved running. Utterly heartbroken."

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LONDON - JULY 24: TV presenter Sophie Raworth of the BBC 6pm news poses during a photo call held on July 24, 2003 in Chelsea, London. (Photo by Cambridge Jones/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: BBC presenter Sophie Raworth before the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Everton FC at Stamford Bridge on March 08, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)
Sophie Raworth and James Cracknell during the launch of the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, held at Tower Bridge in London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: (L-R) Presenter Naga Munchetty with winners of the Factual Series award for 'Louis Theroux's Altered States', Arron Fellows and Louis Theroux and presenter Sophie Raworth pose in the press room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Journalist Sophie Raworth attends the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 on May 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Sophie Raworth at the finish line during the Virgin Money London Marathon in London, England on April 22, 2018. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: BBC 1 broadcaster Sophie Raworth rehearses at a Steinway piano before a performance of 'Word And Play Celebrity Christmas Gala' at Kings Place on December 4, 2016 in London, United Kingdom (Photo by Amy T. Zielinski/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Emily Maitlis and Sophie Raworth attends a photocall ahead of the Royal Parks Foundation half marathon at Hyde Park on October 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sophie Raworth attends the BFI London Film Festival Awards during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Banqueting House on October 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Sophie Raworth takes part in the Virgin London Marathon on April 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: (L-R) Susanna Reid, Sian Williams and Sophie Raworth pose for photographs ahead of the Virgin London Marathon on April 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Sophie Raworth attends the UK Athletics Dinner at Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on October 19, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Sophie Raworth attends the 'Piers Morgan Tonight' CNN launch Party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on December 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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Newsreader and presenter Sophie Raworth on the set of the BBC One O'Clock News, 22/02/2007. (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
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LONDON - JULY 24: TV presenter Sophie Raworth of the BBC 6pm news poses during a photo call held on July 24, 2003 in Chelsea, London. (Photo by Cambridge Jones/Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 24: TV presenter Sophie Raworth of the BBC 6pm news poses during a photo call held on July 24, 2003 in Chelsea, London. (Photo by Cambridge Jones/Getty Images)
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(Front row, L-R) Moira Stuart, Jeremy Bowens and Sophie Raworth (Back Row, L-R), Sarah Montague and Darren Jordan, at BBC Television Centre in London where they launched Breakfast, the new early morning show for BBC1 and News 24. (Photo by Fiona Hanson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Raworth went on to respond to a tweet suggesting dogs should be kept on leads at all times.

She said: "A lead wouldn't have made any difference. You weren't there..."

A cavapoo is a mixed breed, combining a cavalier King Charles spaniel and a poodle.

Raworth, who lives in London, welcomed Winnie into her family in May, during the initial coronavirus lockdown.

The mother-of-three, who had her youngest child in 2008, is an avid runner, having taken up the sport nine years ago.

She ran her first London Marathon in 2011, and earlier this year she was selected to represent England in the over-50s women's team in the International Fleet Half Marathon.

Raworth recently told Runners World magazine: "Running – particularly when I can go at the weekend and run free in the countryside – has become a real escape. I love it.

"It makes me really happy. I can just run along, not see anyone, get lungfuls of fresh air and not think about anything at all. It just silences your brain."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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