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'Wizard' star Bruno killed in accident

Members of Oyster Lane Theatre Group have been saddened to learn that Bruno, the dog who starred in the company's recent production of The Wizard of Oz, was killed in a road accident last week.

Members of Oyster Lane Theatre Group have been saddened to learn that Bruno, the dog who starred in the company's recent production of The Wizard of Oz, was killed in a road accident last week.

Bruno won the hearts of cast and audience with his performance as Dorothy's dog Toto in the show and even got a mention from an AIMS adjudicator.

'He was the most placid, friendly dog. Nothing fazed him, not the stage, the orchestra or the crowds,' said Oyster Lane president Paula Malone Carty.

'He did everything he was told. It was as if he was sent here to play the role, like it was his mission in life,' said Paula.

Bruno's owner Lorraine Busher Carley, a committee member of Oyster Lane Theatre group said the family was heartbroken by his death.

She said her daughter Alanna (10), one of the Munchkins in the show, has cried every day since it happened. Bruno was knocked down by a car on a laneway beside the Busher Carley home in Hayestown last Wednesday.

'I heard dogs barking which usually means there is a car on the lane,' said Lorraine who was a chorus member in Wizard of Oz.

'I noticed he was missing. Our other dog Rossy came back. We kept calling Bruno but he didn't come.'

A King Charles Spaniel cross, Bruno was 18 months old and had been with the Busher Carley family since he was a pup.

'We're heartbroken. He was with us all the time. Everyone in Oyster Lane absolutely loved him,' said Lorraine.

Bruno proved himself a natural on the stage when head-hunted to play the role of Toto.

He attended all the rehearsals and behaved himself impeccably, never putting a paw wrong.

Audiences were delighted when he appeared on stage each night in Dun Mhuire Theatre..

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'We all grew really attached to him. We were very sad when we heard what had happened to him,' said Paula.

'Some of the young members of Oyster Lane were very upset.'

A message on Facebook announcing that he had died, was read by over 1,300 people.

Oyster Lane posted a special tribute to the lovable canine which read as follows:'Everyone is extremely saddened by the news that our furry friend and superstar Bruno aka Toto was knocked down and killed this morning. You'll be missed little guy. What a gifted dog.'

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