Tess Daly, 49, revealed her family are currently mourning the loss of their pet dog, who she mistakenly ran over when returning home in her car. The Maltese Shih Tzu, named Minnie, managed to escape from the Strictly Come Dancing host’s luxurious Buckinghamshire mansion after builders left the door open, leading to her untimely death. The pet, who Tess shared with husband Vernon Kay, 44, and their children Phoebe, 14, and Amber, 9, tragically passed away last month due to the accident. The presenter told The Sun on Sunday that she was “devastated” over losing the animal.
She said: “I’m devastated by this terrible accident. It’s a dog owner’s worst nightmare.
“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.”
Tess revealed that she was completely unaware that the pup was loose, and sadly didn’t have time to stop the car as she ran underneath the wheels.
The incident took place just before the family were set to go on holiday to the Maldives in celebration of the star’s 50th birthday on April 27.
The family have reportedly delayed their trip in order to deal with their grief.
A source alleged that Tess is deeply saddened by the traumatic event, explaining: “It all happened in a flash and there was absolutely nothing she could do. But it was sickening.
“Minnie was like another child to Tess and Vernon and to lose a member of the family in such a tragic, hideous way is understandably devastating.”
The dog was adored by Tess and Vernon, alongside their four-year-old Chihuahua, Blue, and two one-year old Shetland ponies, called Honey and Willow.
It has been said that the family held a memorial service for Minnie in the grounds of their home before burying her.
Elsewhere, Tess recently took part in an exhausting dance marathon with her Strictly co-host Claudia Winkleman, 47, all in aid of Comic Relief.
The duo broke records with the longest Danceathon in Red Nose Day history, which involved non-stop movement for 24 hours and five minutes.
The BBC favourites emerged victorious after the tiring challenge, raising £780,000 for charity.
The entire event was broadcasted on BBC Radio 2, as the pair were joined by a series of celebrity guests, including fellow Strictly icon Anton DuBeke, in an attempt to perk them up during the task.
Tess struggled with motion sickness throughout the danceathon, admitting that she relied on Claudia to stay motivated.
Praising her friend, Tess told BBC News: “She’s had my back the whole way through. We’ve looked after each other. We’ve seen each other strapped up with tape. We both had a little cry.”
Claudia on the other hand joked that the gruelling experience has put her off dancing for good, as she added: “I never want to dance again, I don’t like movement.”