Kennel Owner Dies After Rescue Dog Attack Near Dundee | Dangerous dogs
A kennel owner who died in a dog attack was a passionate animal welfare activist who worked tirelessly to give abused dogs another chance at life, his friends and colleagues said.
Adam Watts was killed on Wednesday in the Juniper kennel and cattery he ran in Kirkton of Auchterhouse, near Dundee, by a dog that police had previously seized and brought to him for rehab.
Watts, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene after the attack, which allegedly involved a large bulldog-type animal.
The father of five wrote on the kennel’s Facebook page that his five sons had helped him with his work. His wife is believed to have died of stomach cancer eight years ago at the age of 46.
Police said there would be no suspicious circumstances and a report will be sent to the tax prosecutor.
Save Our Seized Dogs, a group dedicated to helping owners whose pets are seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, said Watts had worked with police in Dundee. “Adam would take any dog to give them a chance at life and was the kennel of choice for the police in Dundee,” the group said on Facebook. “His gentle, calm nature quickly gained the trust of some of the most abused dogs and they were able to leave him to find loving homes.
“Adam died doing what he loved. He leaves behind five boys of whom he was the only parent. He spoke of them often and was so proud that the older boys helped him with the dogs.
Juniper Kennels advertised themselves as having 22 kennels of varying sizes and eight catteries, with an enclosed exercise area at the back where dogs could run freely and safely. He also offered walks on a leash, one dog at a time.
Wallace Vets, who has centers around Dundee, posted a tribute on his website, describing Watts as “the most caring man who went above and beyond in his passion for animal care, and worked tirelessly for help give some a loving future with a new family ”.
Edinburgh-based dog training company SuperSmart Dog Training and Behavior said: “He wasn’t just a kennel owner. He rescued many dogs that he felt needed rescuing and would campaign for the welfare of the dogs. Everyone who met him found a caring and loving man who lived for his five boys and his dogs. Since the death of his wife, it was his life [and he] put his heart and soul into saving dogs.