'Neighbours' pet dog Audrey passes away

The Kennedys' beloved dog Audrey has been put to sleep following a short illness.

The pooch, who joined the soap in 2001 when she was just eight weeks old, died a short while ago after losing her fight with cancer.

Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy) paid tribute to the canine when he told the official Neighbours website: "It was just lovely to have Audrey around, she really did brighten up the set and she made the Kennedys a complete family. She'll be sadly missed by everyone."

Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy) added: "When she first joined she was so well-trained that she would only come to us when it was part of the scene. However, it wasn't long before she considered the set her home and us her family [and] she wouldn't hesitate to come over for a pat or cuddle, but she was always the professional.

"And she was a scene stealer and could proudly claim to be the only natural blonde on the show - we'll really miss her."

Reports suggest that Audrey's death will be written into the Neighbours scripts in episodes which air later this year.

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