The couple have spoken out after an upsetting loss

Katie Price and husband Kieran Hayler have spoken of their sadness after the death of their beloved pet dog.

The couple’s pooch Vera passed away on Tuesday evening and Katie admits it’s left her devastated following many happy years together.

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‘My dog Vera passed away last night in her sleep,’ Katie, 38, captioned a photo of the hound on Instagram.

‘so sad I have had her 8 years 💔💔’

My dog Vera passed away last night in her sleep so sad I have had her 8 years 💔💔

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Kieran also paid tribute to the pet on Wednesday and it’s clearly hit him pretty hard.

‘My beautiful VERA passed away last night in her sleep and I am absolutely distraught,’ the reality star told his followers.

‘Such a horrible feeling when your dog passes away. She was a huge part of my life and going to miss her so much. Love you Vera forever!!! #rip #doguedebordeaux #mansbestfriend’

Very sad news. Fans have been sending their condolences to the couple following the announcement, with one writing: ‘so sorry for your loss its so heart breaking when you lose a pet as its part of the family hope your ok katie and hope the kids are ok to big hugs’

Another added: ‘My heart goes out to you. Til you have a dog you just don’t understand the immense loss they are when they leave you’

Katie is known for her love of animals and Vera was one of several pups she’s given a home to.

The mum-of-five also has a whole menagerie of pets including horses, goats, pigs and even hairless cats.

She shares her love of animals with her family and hubby Kieran has taken up her favourite hobby of horse riding.

News of Vera’s death comes after an emotional few days for Katie following her appearance on Loose Women with son Harvey earlier this week.

The glamour model is fighting to have online abuse made a specific offence after continued trolling of Harvey and hopes to see a successful outcome when Parliament consider her petition on the cause for debate.