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Ashleigh Butler struggles to hold back tears discussing death of beloved dog Pudsey

Ashleigh Butler announced Pudsey's tragic passing on her Instagram page over the weekend (22-23Jul17).

Ashleigh Butler broke down in tears as she spoke about the death of her beloved dog Pudsey, admitting the pooch's passing "hasn't sunk in".

The 22-year-old brunette, who won Britain's Got Talent with Pudsey back in 2012, struggled to control her emotions as she spoke to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning on Monday (24Jul17).

Discussing her pet, who died after a short battle with leukaemia, Ashleigh explained, "I was actually at a dog show last weekend with him.

"On the Monday he wasn't himself, he was sleeping a lot. I took him to the vet on Tuesday and he went downhill so quickly. He had acute leukaemia. On Thursday, he couldn't lift his head. It's obviously sad. It hasn't sunk in. He was 11, 12 in December, and he was my best friend."

Ashleigh was joined on the sofa by her other dog, formerly named Sully but has now been renamed after Pudsey in his honour. The canine, who has been part of Ashleigh's family for the past four years, is also struggling to cope following Pudsey's passing.

"I can't change him into Pudsey. He is who he is, he grew up with Pudsey and they had a relationship like they were brothers and then they performed together," she said.

"Sully's knows something's not right, whenever I walked Pudsey, I walked Sully, they were inseparable so he's feeling lonely at the moment, but we do have each other."

Ashleigh announced Pudsey's death on Instagram over the weekend (22-23Jul17), sharing a picture of her dog and writing, "I can't honestly believe I am writing these words. My handsome man has gone, and I don't know what to do without him.

"My heart is broken, and I don't know how I'm going to get through this. It hurts so much, that my handsome, incredible Pudsey Bear will never be by my side, where he belongs, again.'

"We only had 11 years together, but they were the best years ever. He was my one in a billion dog that will never be replaced. I don't need to write all of his endless accomplishments on here to prove how incredible he was for me. Sleep tight my handsome man, I love you lots."

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