We all remember former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the horrible experience she went through being shot in the head by a deranged madman. The country followed her nothing short of miraculous recovery. Now she and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, are making news for a different sort of tragedy -- one that involves their daughter's pet dog and a poor baby sea lion.
Giffords and her husband and their 18-year-old daughter (whom one outlet identifies as Claudia, and her dog as Shiner) are reportedly vacationing in Laguna Beach, California, and were hanging out on the beach when the teen's dog broke free from her and a friend and rushed a baby sea lion, latching onto it with his teeth.
Bystanders ran over to try and help -- and one of them had a camera, naturally. No one seems to have had a clue what to do. One woman repeatedly bashes the dog in the face with seaweed. Another woman (unclear if it is the daughter) is pulling on the sea lion. Wouldn't it have been more effective to try and pry the dog's mouth open?
"There was a lot of panic going on," says the man who recorded the horrible scene, who only gave his name as Nathan. "No one really knew how to respond to a dog that was lockjawed on this animal." As for Nathan, he offers Kelly's daughter the spectacular advice (sarcasm) to "drown the dog." "What the f--k are you talking about?" the girl who looks like Kelly's daughter screams. Dude, why don't you put down your camera and help?
Mark Kelly eventually appears and is able to yank the dog away. He can be seen dragging the dog by its leash down the beach, but it was unfortunately too little, too late for the seal.
Lesson? Muzzle dogs in public places where there might be other animals around. Always keep them leashed and make sure you have control over them. Do not give a large, strong dog to someone who can't handle it, even if the dog is leashed.
Authorities say that Kelly and his daughter didn't do anything wrong and won't be arrested. Ugh, this is just a tragic tale for this poor sea lion. Unfortunately, you can't control everything an animal will do, and sometimes it just ends badly. I feel terrible for the daughter too, because in the video she seems quite hysterical and is crying. I would feel just awful if my dog had done this.
Has your dog ever attacked another animal?
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