Gabrielle Giffords’ husband pulls dog off hurt sea lion

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Laguna Police Department officials said they don’t plan to file any charges after a dog belonging to the stepdaughter of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords killed a sea lion in Laguna Beach over the weekend.

Police did not cite the owner “because it was legal for her to have the dog on the beach this time of year, and she did have it leashed. It was so strong that it pulled free of her when it saw the [sea lion],” said Laguna Beach Police Capt. Jason Kravetz.

It’s illegal for an owner to encourage a dog to attack marine life.

“That wasn’t the case in this situation,” Kravetz said.

A witness’ video shows the 65-pound American bulldog mix attacking the sea lion while Giffords’ husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, and her stepdaughter try to free the sea lion from the dog’s grip.

Jen Bluestein, senior advisor to the Giffords and Kelly’s Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, confirmed to the Orange County Register that the dog belonged to Giffords’ stepdaughter.


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