The next Coronation Street death will be a real tear-jerker for animal lovers
Published 10/08/2016 | 15:13
Pass the tissues.
An on-screen animal death is traumatising, even in animation it hurts like nothing else.
So spare a thought for Coronation Street's Samia Ghadie who will have to say goodbye to her on-screen dog Ozzy in an upcoming episode.
The actress recently shocked fans recently when she revealed that there was going to be a high-profile death on the cobbles.
In her column with OK! Magazine, the 34-year-old hinted at the character's upcoming exit without revealing any names.
“It’s been great fun filming, but this week I’ve been recording some of THE saddest scenes I’ve ever done in my 17 years at Corrie," she wrote.
“When I first read the scripts I was in tears so getting to film them has just sent me off.
"You may need your tissues when they air. And we say a sad goodbye to a well-loved member of the cast."
Soap fans were puzzled as to who she was referring to but it has been revealed that it's her black Labrador Ozzy.
The pooch has been on Corrie since 2007 when Maria bought him for her now late husband Liam, but he's set to meet his maker in tragic upcoming scenes.
An ITV source told The Sun: "It’s utterly devastating for Maria – and viewers. Ozzy has been by her side since 2007 when her then-husband Liam gave him to her as a present.
"When Liam was killed in a hit-and-run it was Ozzy who was her main source of comfort. His absence couldn’t come at a worse time with heartache already on the horizon now she’s tangled up in a love triangle with Aidan Connor and his girlfriend Eva Price."
It's not the first time that the death of a canine companion on a soap has moved viewers. Fans were devastated when Chesney Brown’s Great Dane Schmeichel died in his arms in 2011.
And in Emmerdale, Enda Birch's beloved dog Bately was put down by vet Paddy Kirk after falling ill. The scenes were so emotional that Batley is the only animal to ever win a British Soap Award - for Best Exit back in 2002.
So get the tissues ready, it's going to be a emotional.