A dangerous bulldog that attacked a Scottish dog kennel owner and left his five children orphaned has been killed.
The attack on Mr Watts (55 years old) took place at the Juniper Kennels and Cattery, Kirkton-of-Achtterhouse. He was declared dead the next day, December 22, at the spot.
The canine – who was involved in an incident with another dog – had been put into the care of Mr Watts’ kennels by police after being seized under warrant in August.
Adam took care of many dogs over the 20-year tenure of the kennels. He also adopted animals from Petterden’s Scottish SPCA animal welfare center.
The second tragedy in the family’s history is this: it comes less than 10 years after the death of Mr Watts (from Dundee) to the cancer.
Adam Watts (55), was attacked in Kirkton-of-Achtterhouse at the Juniper Kennels & Cattery. He was declared dead on the spot, December 22nd.
The second tragedy in the family’s history is this: Eileen Watts (pictured), from Dundee died in 2013.
The procurator fiscal reported a 47 year-old male to him regarding alleged offenses against the Dangerous Dogs Act related to the previous incident.
A 42-year-old man also was subject to a report to fiscal procurator in relation with similar alleged offenses.
Following the death of Mr Watts, online tributes were left for him. A dog charity was quick to praise his calm, gentle nature in trying to win trust from abused animals.
Save Our Seized Dogs is a charity that assists owners of pets seized under Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Mr Watts said that he also assisted police officers in Dundee in taking in animals.
This post stated: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our hero dog-world leader. Tragically, he was killed when he got into an altercation with his dog kennels.
Adam would adopt any dog that gave them a chance to live and was the preferred kennel for Dundee police officers.
On Wednesday, Adam Watts, father-of-five, was attacked by the Juniper Kennels and Cattery at Kirkton of Auchterhouse near Dundee
The family business Mr Watts started with his two sons, Juniper Kennels and Cattery, in Kirkton-of-Achtterhouse near Dundee
His calm, gentle nature quickly won the trust of many of the worst abused dogs. They were then able to leave him and find new loving homes. Adam did what he loved and died for it.
He spoke often about them and was very proud of his older brothers who helped with the dogs.
“This is an inexplicable tragedy no matter the season. Even more at Christmas.
“Rest in Peace Adam. You were an incredible man and the world would be a worse place if you died.”
Adam leaves behind five sons, aged between 10 and 18, who lost their mother Eileen Watts in 2013 to cancer, at the age of 46.
SuperSmart Dog Training and Behaviour, an Edinburgh dog trainer said that he was more than a kennel owner. He was a champion for the welfare of dogs and saved many dogs that he believed were needed.
All of Mr Watts’ children are now orphans following his death as his wife Eileen Watts died in 2013 of cancer. Following that tragic event, he put his heart and soul into helping dogs.
“All those who knew him realized that he was a kind, compassionate man who cared deeply for his children and loved the dogs.
Since his wife’s death, he lived a life dedicated to the rescue of dogs.
“I’m devastated” is the last thing any dog-loving human would wish to hear. Tragic loss. We will all miss him.
“Adam! There are many dog lovers out there who have lost their hearts and will always remember you.”
Wallace Vets gave a tribute on Facebook for Mr Watts.
The Independent Vets in Dundee & Angus expressed their sadness at the loss of Adam Watts, Juniper Kennels.
Adam was an amazing man. He cared deeply about animals and did everything to make sure they had a good future.
“Our sincere condolences go to his loved ones and their friends during this very difficult time.