Watch: Loose Dog Attacks and Kills Sea Lion Below Montage Resort

The bulldog mix is owned by the stepdaughter of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. The sea lion, which had apparently been sick, died from its wounds.


A dog belonging to a relative of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords attacked and killed an apparently sick sea lion Saturday at Goff Beach, just below the Montage resort.

According to published reports, the 65-pound bulldog mix was being walked on a leash by the daughter of retired astronaut Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband. The dog reportedly broke free and charged after the sea lion.

In the video, the dog has its jaws locked onto the sea lion's face. Passersby attempt to separate the animals -- one woman can be seen hitting the dog -- as onlookers scream and cry. Eventually, Kelly appears in the video, shakes the dog loose, and leads it away. Kelly later met with police and discussed the incident.

The sea lion died from its wounds.

Earlier Saturday, police encountered the sea lion when officers freed it from a storm drain in which it had become stuck at Aliso Beach, according to Capt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department. The sea lion went back into the ocean and swam south to Goff Beach, Kravetz said.


There have been overwhelming numbers of sick sea lions turning up on the beaches of Laguna Beach and Orange County this year, according to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.

Giffords, who was vacationing with her family in Laguna Beach, was not involved in the incident.

Giffords survived a shooting that killed six people in her Tucson, Arizona district in January 2011. She retired from Congress in January 2012 to concentrate on her recovery.

Laguna Beach police didn't cite Kelly's daughter because it's legal to have leashed dogs on the beach at this time of year (although not in the busy summer tourist season).

"It's just a very, very unfortunate event," said Kravetz.

-- City News Service contributed to this story.

mocker April 01, 2013 at 10:00 PM
OK Sandra, I read your wiki definition of a pit bull, That Seals it for me...Now if it attacks a Sea Lion, is that a fair enough fight? Wait 'n sea i guess.
Rich Kane April 03, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Hey everybody -- Looks like the Feds are doing an investigation on this, so the story isn't over ... we have an update right here: http://patch.com/A-3tGl
WhyDoYouCare? April 13, 2013 at 06:07 AM
Why must people care so much about this? You're all so stupid. If this dog is so dangerous, why hasn't it attacked others? For those saying that the dog that should be put down, have you ever OWNED a dog? If yes, then you should know how dogs act. Even the smallest of dogs can be protective. This is a dog eat dog world.... Or dog eat sea lion in this case. You live or you die. Just forget about it. It's sad true, but seriously, it died. No one gives half a rat's ass about it. If it never died, you would have never cared about it. So why bother now? Pushing for something that you don't even relate to? Go mourn over your own dead family members.
Marc Lemieux April 13, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Why do I care? I'll tell you why because you seem to be the one who is ""äll so stupid". First I am a responsible dog owner, that means that even though I love my pit-bull I recognize that he is strong, stupid, and stubborn. I wouldn't dream of taking him for a walk on that beach even though he is always on a choker/muzzle and I'm built like a 220lb linebacker Secondly it's an issue of celebrity favoritism. You can bet your dumb-A$$ that if Jose Cuervo from Santa Ana was walking his chihuaha on that beach and it chased a sea-lion into the water our friend Jose would have gotten a free ride to jail and a matching set of bracelets, while his dog would have gotten the one-way sight seeing excursion to the "disposition room" at the County Animal Control facility.
Jason Jepperson April 26, 2013 at 04:13 PM
How ridiculous is that. If a shark killed the seal, wouldn't that also be a possible protected species doing what it does everyday. Your not even on topic, I am suprised their is no censor to take this idiotic comment off. Pull your head of your ass.


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