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Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC was identified as the person seen running towards the scene as a passerby tried to drag the dog from the nine-month-old seal pup
The lawyer whose dog mauled Freddie Mercury the seal to death has apologised for the attack and says she is “heartbroken”
She is 49 years old.
A popular seal nicknamed Freddie Mercury — who took up residence and drew adoring fans along the Thames in London — was reportedly mauled to death by an unleashed dog owned by a top city lawyer.
Oxford-educated Rebecca Sabben-Clare, 49, and four passers-by, including a veterinarian, tried to pry her cross-breed pooch’s jaws off Freddie during the vicious attack near the Hammersmith Bridge on Sunday, the Sun reported.
A photographer who was snapping pictures of Freddie when the attack happened said it was “vicious.”
“The dog just wouldn’t let go,” Duncan Phillips, 55, told MyLondon. “It wouldn’t let go despite repeated attempts by members of the public to separate the animals.”
After trying to save Freddie’s life, vets had to put him down on Monday, saying the “only ethical and fair option we have is to end his suffering” after he was left with a fractured flipper and an infected wound, according to the Guardian.
Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC Apologised
Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC, 49, was identified as the person seen running towards the scene as a passerby tried to drag Toby the dog from the nine-month-old pup.
Now Ms Sabben-Clare has said she wanted to “apologise unreservedly” for the “terrible accident”.
She added that she wished her unleashed pet had been on a lead to prevent the fatal mauling of the seal on the banks of the River Thames on Sunday.
Freddie had to be put down by vets at a wildlife hospital after suffering a broken flipper that meant he could not be released back into the wild.
Speaking to The Evening Standard, Ms Sabben-Clare said: “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.