EastEnders viewers have been left heartbroken after it was revealed that Robbie Jackson’s dog Wellard II has died.
Robbie Jackson, played by Dean Gaffney, has recently returned to Albert Square but his four-legged friend hadn’t been seen.
But the news came completely out of the blue and shocked viewers as Sonia Fowler revealed the upsetting news to Dot Cotton, who is currently being treated in hospital after tripping over her cat Dave and suffering a fall.
During last night’s episode Sonia was visiting Dot in the hospital.
Sonia explained to Dot that she wanted to move in with her along with Robbie to look after her.
Dot then explained that she wasn’t keen on the dog coming to live with her. She said: “I couldn’t have Robbie, not with that dog of his.”
Sonia then broke the sad news. She said: “No Dot. He lost Wellard II a while back!”
To which Dot replied: “Oh no, did he?”
But viewers were shocked at the devastating news.
The original Wellard first appeared on our screens in 1994 and was one of the show’s most loved pets. He was then put down after suffering food poisoning in 2008.
Wellard II then joined the show in 2015 as Robbie briefly returned to the square.
Robbie has now made a more permanent return to Walford but Wellard II hadn’t been shown.
After Sonia revealed the news last night viewers were deeply saddened.
One wrote on Twitter: “Oh no, Wellard II died as well. #EastEnders.”
Another said: “It’s not right Robbie being back on the Square without a dog. Bring on Wellard the Third! #EastEnders.”
Oh no, Wellard II died as well. ☹️ #EastEnders
— Peta Fox (@TheRadioFanatic) July 4, 2017
It's not right Robbie being back on the Square without a dog. Bring on Wellard the Third! 🐶🐶🐶 #Eastenders
— Beth 贝丝 (@MissAmphipolis) July 4, 2017
Robbie made his comeback to the BBC soap last month.
With a brand new job as a market inspector he’s definitely going to cause a stir. Remember that time he was a road sweeper?
Actor Dean opened up about returning to the long-running soap.
Speaking to the Radio Times at Saturday’s British Soap Awards the 39-year-old said: “It’s a privilege to be asked back, because at the end of the day acting is a hard business.
“I’ve got children I need to put presents under the tree for. It’s a job I did from when I was 15, and I love it.
“And I need the money!”
Talking about his character, which he started playing in 1993, he revealed: “Robbie has come back with a vengeance.
“I haven’t just come back to order pints in The Vic or cups of tea in the cafe. He’s straight back on the Square causing ructions with the market traders.”
It’s definitely good to have him back on our screens!