Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick announces death of his beloved dog Kiera

By Jilly Beattie

Noel Fitzpatrick, the groundbreaking Irish supervet, has announced the death of his beloved dog Kiera.

He described her as the inspiration for all the work he does for animals.

And he gave thanks for the support they have both had since Border Terrier, Kiera, 13, was seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident outside the Fitzpatrick surgery in Surrey 11 months ago.

Complex surgeries and lengthy rehabilitation followed and she recovered with the help of Noel and his team.

But overnight, the supervet, posted a heartfelt message on social media, saying his little companion, had passed away.

Noel Fitzpatrick posted this photo of Kiera as he paid tribute to his companion of almost 14 years (Noel Fitzpatrick)

Professor Noel, 53, shared his heartache on Thursday night shortly before 8pm.

He told friends and fans: “It is with profound sadness I share the news that Keira, my beloved companion of nearly 14 years, has passed away.

“My heart is truly broken. She was my best friend in the whole wide world. My friend Amy and her son Kyle are broken-hearted too since they have shared her guardianship with me all this time.

“We were so very blessed and lucky to have had her in our lives, lighting the way with her magnificent unconditional love.

“We were especially lucky to have been gifted magical further time with her when she nearly lost her life too soon a year ago.

“I am so thankful for your kind wishes and support at that difficult time and for the incredible love you have shown us. I know that she touched many lives with her light. With great love comes great pain, but her love will be inside me forever.

Noel with Kiera as a puppy. He said, 'I remember vividly the first day Keira came into my life - it blew my mind – a tidal wave of love blew over me. You couldn’t look at her without wanting to smile!' (Noel Fitzpatrick)

“She inspired everything I do for animals and her legacy will be eternal. Thank you my beautiful baby girl. I give you back to the starlight. You are forever by my side. I love you beyond what words can say.”

Fans of the Supervet TV series, which recently finished its 15 series, were told Kiera almost died last October when a delivery van came around the corner close to the Fitzpatrick veterinary centre in Surrey, hitting her at speed and almost hitting Noel too.

Keira was rushed into surgery with serious injuries and underwent complex surgery to rebuild her shattered pelvis.

Noel said at the time of the accident that he felt ‘someone had ripped his heart out’.

Kiera (Noel Fitzpatrick)

And today he explained: “I will pay full tribute to my little girl once we have had some time to grieve.”

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