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Woman, 70, dies while trying to save her dog from fast-flowing river while out on evening walk

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A woman has died trying to save her pet dog after it fell into swollen river during their evening walk, her family say. 

Margaret Wares, 70, is understood to have attempted a rescue of her 16-year-old Jackadoodle called Dizzee after he fell into the fast-flowing Dighty Burn river in Monifieth, Angus, Scotland. 

The restaurant owner had left the house for her regular evening walk on Wednesday but did not return, leading husband Colin to raise the alarm.

She was found in the water not far from her home by emergency services shortly after. Her pet dog Dizzee is still missing.

Margaret Wares, 70, (pictured) has died after attempting to rescue her 16-year-old Jackadoodle called Dizzee afetr he fell into the fast-flowing Dighty Burn river in Monifieth, Angus, Scotland, on Wednesday evening

Margaret Wares, 70, (pictured) has died after attempting to rescue her 16-year-old Jackadoodle called Dizzee afetr he fell into the fast-flowing Dighty Burn river in Monifieth, Angus, Scotland, on Wednesday evening

Daughter Susie Johnson said the family are still trying to process what happened to the grandmother-of-three.

Her two children said the devoted dog owner will ‘live on in their hearts and minds’ as they paid tribute to ‘selfless and inspirational’ Margaret. 

She said: ‘The unfortunate circumstances surrounding her death have come as an utter shock to the whole family and community.

‘She had taken her usual evening walk along the path of the Dighty Burn and it is thought that the dog had fallen into the swollen river.

The body of the restaurant owner, who ran The Laird's Larder in her hometown of Monifieth, Scotland, was found by emergency services in the swollen river a short distance from her home

The body of the restaurant owner, who ran The Laird's Larder in her hometown of Monifieth, Scotland, was found by emergency services in the swollen river a short distance from her home

The body of the restaurant owner, who ran The Laird’s Larder in her hometown of Monifieth, Scotland, was found by emergency services in the swollen river a short distance from her home

‘Being the devoted owner she was, she tried to rescue him and got into difficulty.

‘The family wish for all those who knew and loved Margaret, to remember her for all her amazingly unique qualities and ability to brighten up the darkest of days.

‘Described as one in a million and a rare diamond, she will be deeply missed by family, friends and all those who knew her.’

Floral tributes have been laid outside her popular business The Laird’s Larder on Monifieth High Street.

Police say inquiries into the circumstances of Margaret’s death are ongoing and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

Animal lover Margaret, who grew up in Monifieth, was well known locally for her various businesses and interests over the years.

Alongside older brothers Gordon and Ian, she was an active member of the St Rules Youth Group for many years, where she made many of her lifelong friends.

She was often seen walking Dizzee and the couple’s other dog Billy down the beach and along the Dighty’s network of paths.

Floral tributes have been laid outside her popular business The Laird's Larder on Monifieth High Street in Scotland

Floral tributes have been laid outside her popular business The Laird's Larder on Monifieth High Street in Scotland

Floral tributes have been laid outside her popular business The Laird’s Larder on Monifieth High Street in Scotland

One note placed next to the flowers says 'may you rest in peace Margaret' after her death on Wednesday

One note placed next to the flowers says 'may you rest in peace Margaret' after her death on Wednesday

One note placed next to the flowers says ‘may you rest in peace Margaret’ after her death on Wednesday

Once a veterinary assistant, she and partner Colin later ran a recruitment company in Dundee providing advice, training and employment for those out of work.

Margaret, a talented artist and cook, opened The Laird’s Larder in Monifieth almost 12 years ago with a friend, then launched The Coffee Pot shortly after.  

Husband of 42 years, Colin, was the manager of Monifieth Boys’ Football Club for many years while son Colin Jr was a player. 

Son Colin, who now lives in Australia, added: ‘Mum will live on in our hearts and minds and will forever be at the heart of our family. 

‘Her selfless nature is one that we all admire and aim to live up to.

‘A true inspiration, she taught us all so much and her positivity, determination and lust for life will be reflected and live on through her children and grandchildren.’ 

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