Woman describes horror as baby seal is 'brutally' killed by two dogs
PUBLISHED: 14:59 02 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:41 03 November 2018
A woman has described her horror after seeing a baby seal 'brutally' killed by two dogs.
Tasha Walker, 50, of Lancaster Road, Great Yarmouth said she ws “traumatised” by the attack which took place on Great Yarmouth beach on Monday afternoon.
Miss Walker said she was walking along the beach near Pleasure Beach when she saw two Staffordshire bull terriers ‘attacking’ a seal.
She said the owner of the dogs was “crying” and “screaming” and was only able to get one of them off.
Miss Walker said: “It was absolutely horrific to see. When I saw what was happening I ran over and with the owner managed to drag one of the dogs off.
“It was a brutal attack and I really struggled to get the other one off. Eventually I grabbed it by the scruff of the collar and dragged it away.”
Miss Walker said she called the Sea Life rescue team and vets when she saw how seriously injured the seal was.
“It was bleeding and was clearly in a lot of pain. It had a lot of blood coming from its head. It left me traumatised,” she said.
Members of the rescue team rushed out to the incident to attend to the distressed seal.
A spokesperson for the Sea Life rescue team said: “Two members of the animal rescue and care team attended the incident involving a six-month-old seal. It had suffered wounds to the face just underneath the eye and had a puncture to its body.
“We comforted the seal and called the seal hospital for them to take further care of it but unfortunately the seal died as they were on the way.”
Miss Walker described the incident as “brutal”.
“I am absolutely devastated by what happened but I don’t want to completely blame the owner who did her best. It was such a traumatic scene which I hope can be avoided with a bit of awareness.”
A spokesperson for the RSPCA issued the following advice: “Seals should never be approached. If there are welfare concerns the animal should be observed from a distance and if necessary, a wildlife rescue organisation contacted for help.
“We would also urge the public not to take a selfie with the animals, and to keep children and dogs away.”