Family of lost dog expresses condolences to the Watts family

A local family that had been searching for their lost dog expressed sympathy to the family of the woman who died trying to save him.

The unidentified family released a statement through the Columbus Police Department today saying they were deeply saddened by the death of Jacquelyn (Kleine) Watts, 33, Indianapolis, who drowned in the Flat Rock River while trying to rescue their dog Ringo Friday night.

The statement reads:

“We are deeply saddened by the terrible accident that took the life of Jacquelyn (Kleine) Watts. We will be forever grateful to Jackie for being so brave when trying to save Ringo.  We understand why she did it.  Jackie’s passion was to rescue animals in need, Ringo himself was a rescued dog.

“Ringo was a very special dog. His family found him five years ago roaming the streets and took care of him, as they have done with several other dogs. His owner is also dedicated to saving stray dogs and placing them in homes where they can live a better life surrounded by love. Ringo was a best friend to us and took care of his human brother and sister on endless nights. He loved his family and his family loved him back.

“Jackie’s death will not go unnoticed.  Without knowing her in person, she has already changed our lives, and many others, for the better.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to Jackie and her family.  They will always hold a special place in our hearts.

“The family requests privacy at this time.”

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.