• July 18, 2024

Their Dog Fatally Attacked A Seal On The Beach, And Now They Are Looking For…

A popular seal that won the heart of many people, also known as “Freddie” has been put down after being attacked by a dog.

The animal received its nickname due to its entertaining antics near the Thames River and Hammersmith Bridge in London.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue announced that Freddie had been taken to the hospital on Sunday following a brutal dog attack.

Freddie was found to have a fractured flipper and a dislocated joint, with veterinarians at South Essex Wildlife Hospital concluding the “only ethical and fair option” was to put him to sleep.

The dog’s owner, Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC, has since said she was “heartbroken by this terrible accident” and apologized.

According to the law in the area, the dog owner of a pet that attacks or chases farm animals can face a fine of £1,000, or £2,500, which is about $1,379 to $3,449 if the attack was deliberate. On the other hand, farmers are allowed to use firearms on animals if they threaten the safety of their flock. Similar fines are also enacted for people who let their pets attack wild animals like Freddie, the seal.

It was on Sunday that Freddie – so named for his amusing antics – was mauled by an off-leash dog that bolted from its owner’s side and clamped down on the hapless pup as he sunbathed near Hammersmith Bridge.

Four bystanders, including a veterinarian, rushed over and tried to pry the dog off the seal, The Guardian reported. In the ensuing melee, one Good Samaritan was bitten by the dog, and another was head-butted by the seal, The DailyMail reported. Both people were treated and released from a hospital.

Despite the best efforts of SEWH and other medics, Freddie’s injuries proved fatal. The wild seal suffered a “serious broken and dislocated flipper,” orthopedic surgeon Alan Knight said. He also contracted an infection. On Monday, the organization announced that he had had to be euthanized.

“Unfortunately, after an X-ray this afternoon, our worst fears were confirmed, and the seal not only sustained a broken bone, but also a dislocation, damage to his joint, ligaments and nerves that made it impossible to treat and return him to the wild,” BDMLR said in a statement detailing the consultations with Knight and other veterinary experts in the U.K. and the Netherlands.

“Sadly, based on their experiences, the decision is that he needed to be euthanized for his welfare,” the rescue operation said. “We would be unable to release a seal back into the wild with one flipper, if amputation was an option, as we have a firm policy on not putting animals into captivity, and the seal’s welfare must be put first and foremost.”

According to DailyMail:

“Police are investigating the death of a seal after it was injured by a dog on the River Thames near Hammersmith Bridge. Officers attended the location at approximately 12:39 hours on Sunday, March 21, along with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade. They recovered the young pup from the riverbank, and it was taken to a rescue center for treatment but had to be put down later due to injuries sustained in the incident. Officers are looking to identify witnesses and to speak to the owner of the dog involved. Inquiries continue.”

Watch the heartbreaking video below:

Sources: AWM, DailyMail

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