Chris Smalling has been left devastated after his beloved dog Miley ate rat poison, leading to her death.
The 30-year-old is currently on loan at Roma and has been in impressive form for the Serie A side this season.
The poison was spread in the garden of Smalling's home in the Italian capital, with his two other dogs Ruben and Summer also falling ill.
The centre-back posted an emotional tribute to his pet on Instagram, describing Miley - a
Smalling's wife Sam Cooke also posted a message addressing Miley's shock death, claiming that the poison had been placed in their garden without the couple's knowledge.
"A few days Ruben and my mum's dog got ill and, although dismissed by vets, we realised that they had all eaten rat poison that had carelessly been put in our garden uncovered without our knowledge. Obviously Miley being older and smaller was affected the most.
"Big love to all our furry friends and especially Miley who will be in my heart forever."