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BBC bosses have banned all Radio 2 presenters from bringing their pets to work.

It comes after drivetime DJ Sara Cox, 48, had her Maltese terrier Dolly join her during a broadcast — only for the dog to chew through a wire.

The incident prompted fretting execs to introduce a blanket ban, irking the likes of Michael Ball, 60, who prefers taking to the airwaves beside his treasured terriers.

Sara has told The Sun: “There was an incident at Radio 2 — Dolly chewed a little wire.

“She wasn’t injured.

“It wasn’t a very expensive or important wire, but chewed it was.

“And like an idiot, I confessed to it.

“The repercussions were quite big.

“Dogs were completely banned from all studios at Radio 2 from then on.

“Everything changed because of a moment of madness from Dolly.”

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It comes just months after the DJ was left heartbroken over the death of her other dog Beano.

She shared the news on her Instagram page with a touching tribute to her beloved pooch.

Alongside a gallery of snaps featuring Beano in happier times, Sara shared: “We didn’t have you for long enough but every minute was a blast.

“Heartbroken. Love you my bestest boy. Beano 2013-2021.”

Her friends and followers shared their condolences, including fellow Radio 2 host Dermot O’Leary.

He wrote beneath her post: “The worst. I’m so sorry xx.”

Comedian Tom Allen said: “So sorry to hear this Sara. Much love to you xxx.”

While a fan wrote: “Oh no! I’m so sorry. He was a star in his own right. Big love to you & your family.”

Sara has been open about loss in her family and in 2019 was left devastated by the death of her brother.

The 56-year-old dad fell victim to a heart condition just before Christmas.

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