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Eve Beattie

Paul O'Grady's last show set to air in just a few days will leave fans emotional as he gets choked up

The late star Paul O'Grady is set to have his loyal friends emotional again when he returns to TV in his new series.

The new series of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs which was filmed last year, sees the star say goodbye to Peggy, a dog who stole his heart.

The star, who died in March, helps Newfoundland Peggy get back to health after an operation.

In the show, the 67-year-old star desperately wants to adopt her, but says there is “no room at the inn”.

The comedian was renowned for his love of animals, and he had already adopted several dogs from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, where the series is set, including Chihuahua-Jack Russell cross Eddie, Shih Tzu Boycie, Maltese Conchita, mongrels Arfur and Nancy, and a dachshund called Sausage.

Peggy had a three-and-a-half-hour operation at the Royal Veterinary College to repair her back legs reports the Mirror.

The two-year-old dog has eight weeks of physio, helped by Paul and a team of experts. Peggy also had hydrotherapy and assisted walks in a supported harness before she could be rehomed.

Unfortunately, in this instance, it was not to be with Paul, who tells her: “Oh dear, I wish I was ready for you, Peggy, but I am afraid I can’t do it this time, there is just no room at the inn.

“Peggy, it’s been a real privilege meeting you, it’s not every day you get to meet a special dog like you. You are very beautiful. It’s been lovely knowing you, take it easy, Peggy.”

Paul had to tell Peggy there was 'no room at the inn' for her (( Image: ITV))

But as Paul gets ready to leave, Peggy starts whining, leaving the presenter upset, telling her: “Don’t start, Peggy please. I’m going to get a job on the railways. It’s too hard to say goodbye.”

Later, Peggy is rehomed by a family, who adore her. Paul is delighted, and not surprised. He says: “She steals the heart of everyone she meets and I am head over heels.”

Since his death last month, a tribute fund set up by Battersea in Paul’s honour has hit almost £250,000.

Chief executive Peter Laurie of Battersea said that the charity had received countless letters, calls, emails and messages of support. The funds donate will go towards the running of the charity, which has featured in every series of the hit ITV show.

Mr Laurie also hinted bosses at Battersea, in South London, was considering a permanent tribute to the star. He said: “We will be looking to find a suitably fitting way to remember the profound impact Paul had at Battersea and the rescue animal sector – something that will support the animals Paul loved so much, and that would make him proud.”

Paul regularly spoke of his love for the show, and the home. He said in 2012: “Hand on heart. This has been one of the nicest jobs I’ve ever had.

“Battersea is a magical place. People think it’s all doom and gloom but it’s not, it’s such a happy place. I’ve had a ball. It’s such an enriching place to work. I’m coming back. They can’t get rid of me.”

Paul, also known for his famous drag alter ego Lily Savage, died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on March 28.

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