The release of former THE SOPRANOS star Drea de Matteo's new movie has been dogged by her dying pet JIMMY.

The actress should be celebrating the release of her new action film ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 after it hit American cinemas yesterday (20JAN05) but she's too worried about her sick Great Dane.

She says, "My dog is sick he's dying... I'm a little crazed. He's 10 and he's a little incontinent."

De Matteo even put all her birthday parties on hold on Wednesday (19JAN05) - when she turned 32 - so she could stay at home and nurse her ill pooch.

21/01/2005 10:00