A dad has been mauled to death by a dog in front of his kids in the second tragedy to his family after his wife died of cancer.
Adam Watts, 55, was brutally attacked by the large bulldog on Wednesday afternoon.
The incident took place Adam’s kennel – Juniper Kennels and Cattery in Kirkton of Auchterhouse, Angus, Scotland, The Sun reports.
This is the second tragedy to hit the family after Adam’s wife Eileen passed away from cancer in 2013.
It is reported that one of his five sons desperately raised the alarm, with police and paramedics rushing to the kennels, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, despite their best efforts to save him.
Officers are still looking into the event but have said there were no suspicious circumstances.
As news spread of his death, dozens of tributes were left for Adam from current and former customers and business pals.
A local said: "Adam was a kind and caring man who loved animals. It's a horrific way for him to lose his life after he devoted his own life to helping dogs and cats.
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"Adam has five kids aged between 18 and 10 who all live with him and help him run the business. For one of them to witness this and have to try and get help is stomach-churning.”
Janine Sturgeon said: “Such devastating news of the passing of Adam Watts. Adam was the kindest, most thoughtful man who was dedicated to helping dogs and no request was ever too much.
“Heartbreaking for his boys and family who he so often talked about. Thank you Adam for all that you did and may you rest in peace.”
Wallace Vets in Dundee said: “It’s with huge sadness that we learn of the passing of Adam Watts, of Juniper Kennels.
“Adam was the most caring man who went over and above in his passion for caring for animals and worked tirelessly to help give some a loving future with a new family.
Our heartfelt thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Police Scotland said: "Officers received report of a man having been attacked by a dog in Kirkton of Auchterhouse around 1:10pm on Wednesday, December 22.
"Emergency services attended, however, the 55-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”
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