I’m A Celebrity star Vernon Kay’s heartache after Tess Daly ran over family pet

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I’M A Celebrity’s Vernon Kay was left heartbroken when wife Tess Daly ran over and killed the family’s pet dog.

Last year HOAR exclusively revealed the Strictly host accidentally killed Maltese Shih Tzu Minnie as she returned home after builders left a door open and the pet escaped.

Vernon Kay was gutted last year when wife Tess accidentally ran over the family pet

Tess, 51, told us at the time: “I’m devastated by this terrible accident.”

She added: “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.”

Heartbroken Tess Daly accidentally ran over and killed the family dog last year

The Strictly star accidentally drove over Maltese Shih Tzu Minnie as she returned home

The Strictly star accidentally drove over Maltese Shih Tzu Minnie as she returned home
The accident happened as Tess was returning to her £3.5million Buckinghamshire mansion in her Range Rover
The accident happened as Tess was returning to her £3.5million Buckinghamshire mansion in her Range Rover

Tess was unaware Minnie had got out when builders left a door open and did not have time to react as the long-haired dog suddenly ran under her front wheels

Tess was unaware Minnie had got out when builders left a door open and did not have time to react

The accident happened three-years after the couple’s Labrador Sam died from lungworm.

Tess was returning to her £3.5million Buckinghamshire mansion in her Range Rover when Minnie died.

She was unaware Minnie had got out and did not have time to react as the long-haired dog suddenly ran under her front wheels.

The accident devastated Tess’s husband Vernon and their two daughters Phoebe, 15, and Amber, 10.

It happened days before the family were due to fly to the Maldives to celebrate Tess’s 50th birthday on April 27.

The tragic accident happened last month, days before the family were due to fly to the Maldives to celebrate Tess’s 50th birthday on April 27

The tragic accident happened days before the family were due to fly to the Maldives to celebrate Tess’s 50th birthday on April 27

The family also have a five-year-old Chihuahua called Blue.

Tess has taken over Vernon’s Instagram while he’s in the I’m A Celeb castle, and has been keeping fans up to date.

A source said: “Tess is absolutely beyond heartbroken.

“She and Vernon have drummed it into the girls that they must never, ever let the dogs out and sure enough, the animals always stayed indoors.

“But they have had the builders in, carrying out various bits of repair work in the courtyard. And one of the labourers foolishly left the front door open — and Minnie escaped.

“Tess had been out for the morning and as she drove back in and up the driveway she was too high up in her 4×4 to see Minnie suddenly bolt out.

“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 family also have a four-year-old Chihuahua called Blue - pictured here with tragic Minnie

The family also have a five-year-old Chihuahua called Blue – pictured here with tragic Minnie

Minnie regularly featured in the couple’s Instagram posts.

It is understood the tearful family held a memorial for the dog in the grounds of their landscaped gardens before burying her.

The couple, who married in 2003, chose a home in Buckinghamshire because of its peaceful location.

As well as their dogs, who only go outside for walks, the TV duo also have two one-year-old Shetland ponies, named Honey and Willow, who live in the grounds.

The idyllic property also has a swimming pool, large conservatory and a luxury marble bathroom. Tess has hosted BBC1’s hit dance competition since 2004 – firstly alongside the late Bruce Forsyth, and now Claudia Winkleman.

The accident has also devastated Tess’s husband, TV host Vernon Kay

The accident has also devastated Tess’s husband, TV host Vernon Kay

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