Tragedy as dad-of-five mauled to death by dog at kennels

Dad mauled to death by dog in front of his kids
Adam Watts helped care for dangerous dogs seized by police, charities said (Picture: Paul Reid)

Tributes have poured in for a ‘hero’ father-of-five killed by a dog at his animal rescue centre.

Adam Watts, 55, ran the Juniper Kennels and Cattery in Kirkton of Auchterhouse, a village near Dundee, where he was attacked on Wednesday.

He is believed to have been mauled by a large bulldog-type dog shortly after 1pm and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Reports suggest his five sons have been left orphaned as his wife Eileen lost her life to cancer in 2013 at the age of 46.

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Tributes posted online described Adam as a ‘caring, loving man’ with a ‘gentle, calm nature’ who would ‘give a dog every chance he could’. Save Our Seized Dogs, a group dedicated to assisting owners whose pets are seized for dangerous behaviour, said he helped police in Dundee by taking in animals.

It said: ‘Adam would take any dog to give them the chance of life and was the kennels of choice for the police in Dundee.

‘His gentle, calm nature soon gained the trust of some of the most abused dogs and they were able to go from him to find loving homes.

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Father of five Adam Watts dies after dog attack...gvs of Juniper Kennels and Cattery at Kirkton of Auchterhouse, Angus.. Pic shows police outside the kennels
The tragedy struck at the kennels near Dundee where Adam rehomed dogs (Picture: Paul Reid)

‘Adam died doing what he loved. He leaves behind five boys who he was the sole parent to. He talked of them often and was so proud of the older boys helping him with the dogs.

‘This is an unbearable tragedy at any time of year. It is even more so at Christmas.

‘Rest in peace Adam, you were an amazing man, the world is a poorer place for losing you.’

Edinburgh-based dog trainers SuperSmart Dog Training and Behaviour said: ‘He was not just a kennel owner. He saved many dogs which he felt needed saved and would campaign for dogs welfare.

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Father of five Adam Watts dies after dog attack...gvs of Juniper Kennels and Cattery at Kirkton of Auchterhouse, Angus.. Pic shows Adam Watts photographed while on a charity walk with his son in 2019 ....Pic Paul Reid
The ‘caring, loving’ father is survived by his five sons (Picture: Paul Reid)

‘All that met him found a caring, loving man who lived for his five boys and dogs. Since his wife died, this was his life who put his heart and soul into saving dogs.

‘I’m gutted, as this is not what any dog-loving person would want to hear. Tragic death. He will be missed by all.

‘Adam, there are many of us in the dog world heartbroken and you will never be forgotten.’

Police Scotland said Adam’s death is not being treated as suspicious. The force has not commented on whether the dog will be put down.

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