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Animal lover dies after falling into river while trying to rescue a stranger’s missing dog

By Mason White 5:39 PM March 7, 2017
 Jacqueline Watts
Jacqueline Watts
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A woman of Indiana, who loved animals and worked at a shelter died while trying to rescue a dog that was in distress.

33-year-old Jacqueline Watts of Indianapolis, was preparing to go on vacation when she went missing.

Her husband called police to report his wife missing after she failed to come home in time to leave for the airport.

The couple was supposed to fly to Washington, D.C.

The man told police that his wife was last seen when she took her dogs and a rabbit to a family who was going to look after the animals while she was on vacation.

Police asked the public for help and they received tips from people who said that they saw Watts running after a small white puppy that was wearing a sweater.

Officers went to that area and found the woman’s car still running with the lights flashing, the passenger door open, and her phone and purse inside.

However, police searched the area and she was nowhere to be found. When police resumed their search in the morning, they found the woman’s body on a sandbar in Columbus’ Flatrock River.

The small white dog named Ringo, which had been reported missing by its owner, was found dead nearby.

Police said that foul play did not play a role in her death. They are waiting for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

On Facebook, the Indyclaw Rescue, an animal shelter, paid tribute to Watts who worked for them for five years.