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Freddie the Seal: Barrister whose dog mauled seal apologises unreservedly


Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC, a leading commercial barrister, told the Standard she wanted to “apologise unreservedly” for the “terrible accident” and wished her unleashed pet had been on a lead.

Ms Sabben-Clare and passers-by, including a vet, attempted to prise the dog off the wild animal, which was later taken to the South Essex Wildlife Hospital in Tilbury.

The seal was treated for a broken bone, a dislocated flipper and joint, ligament and nerve damage.

Warning: Graphic image below

The death of the seal, which gained its nickname through its playful antics on the riverbank, has led to new demands for dog owners to exercise better control of their pets.

Ms Sabben-Clare, 49, whose father James was the headmaster of top public school Winchester College, said: “I am heartbroken by this terrible accident.

“As an animal lover, I fully understand the dismay that has been expressed. I apologise unreservedly for what happened. In hindsight I wish, of course, that the dog had been on a lead but at the time that did not seem necessary.

“I am hugely grateful to all those who helped at the scene. They were heroic. I left for my own safety and that of my dog, believing that there was nothing that I could do to help as the seal was being looked after by a vet and help had been called. I offered my contact details to the vet before leaving.”


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