A dog described as an American Bulldog-Mix, belonging to a relative of former AZ Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, savagely killed a young sea lion on the sandy shore of Laguna Beach, California, on Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly are vacationing with family in Laguna Beach, the report states.
The Times editor notes that an e-mail from Capt. Jason Kravetz reported, "Laguna Beach police received a call at 2 p.m. and arrived to find that the 65-pound American bulldog mix had broken free from its 18-year-old owner and attacked a beached sea lion on a public beach below the Montage Laguna Beach, a luxury hotel."
The tenacious dog was finally pulled away from the sea lion’s limp body by Mark Kelly, Gifford’s husband, who ran to the location after the dog ignored the efforts of two women to get it to release the dying animal.
Much of the violent attack as the dog tears and shakes the body of the sea lion was captured on a very graphic YouTube video taken by a local resident and sent to the Los Angeles Times. It shows a young woman identified as Giffords' stepdaughter and another woman in a futile effort to pull the sea lion out of the dog’s clamped, bloody jaws as they are repeatedly engulfed by the surf.
Jen Bluestein, senior advisor for Americans for Responsible Solutions, a political action committee started by Giffords and Kelly, wrote in an email that Mark Kelly took the dog back to the house where the family is staying and crated the dog in the basement before meeting with police, The Times reports.
She also stated that Giffords was not present at the scene and has no connection to the dog, which lives with the stepdaughter in Houston.
Police stated that the owner would not be cited because it is legal to have a dog on the beach this time of year and it was on leash. “It was so strong that it pulled free of her when it saw the [sea lion]," Capt. Kravetz stated to The Times.
The sea lion died from its injuries.
Source: Los Angeles Times