Chris Watts Case: Family Dog Finds a New Home With Shanann Watts' Brother

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The Watts family's dog, Dieter, has found a new home with Shanann Watts' brother, Frankie Rzucek. 

The pregnant mother, 34, and her two children, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, were found dead last month. Her husband, 33-year-old Chris Watts, is accused of killing them.

Chris has claimed he strangled his wife in a rage after she strangled their daughters, according to an arrest affidavit from Frederick police. Chris said he'd asked for a separation and she became enraged, the affidavit stated. 

Investigators said Chris was having an affair with a co-worker.

Rzucek, Shanann's younger brother, posted a sweet video to Facebook last week showing Dieter running around his backyard.

“He gets a little nervous here and there because he’s not used to … my Chihuahua and her attitude lol,” Rzucek wrote. “He’s starting to figure out she’s all bark and no bite."

He added: "I couldn't be happier to have him be a part of our Dog family. He's also cool with my cat Caesar."

Chris Watts faces three counts of first-degree murder; two counts of first-degree murder for causing the death of a person under the age of 12 while being in a position of trust; one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased body.

He has not yet entered a plea. 

Chris has been placed under suicide watch as he awaits trial and is under close watch protocol at Weld County Jail, where he must be checked on every 10 to 15 minutes to ensure his well-being, HLN’s Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield reported.

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