(NBC NEWS) -- A disturbing video has surfaced on YouTube of a dog locking its jaws
on a beached baby sea lion as California beachgoers frantically try to
free the trapped mammal.
The dog, which Laguna Beach police said
was an American bulldog mix, belonged to the daughter of astronaut Mark
Kelly, husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, local media
reported. Giffords, Kelly and his daughter -- Giffords' stepdaughter --
were vacationing in Laguna Beach on Saturday when the incident happened,
reported The Los Angeles Times.
Laguna Beach police received a call at 2 p.m. on Saturday and
arrived at the shoreline to find the dog had freed itself from its
18-year-old owner and attacked a beached sea lion on a public beach,
Capt. Jason Kravetz said in an email to The Los Angeles Times.
In the YouTube video (warning:
graphic video and language), three women attempt to pull a small, limp
sea lion from the mouth of a dog who refuses to let go. Cries of "No!"
No!" are heard as the dog shakes the beached sea lion in his mouth.
Offscreen, someone yells, "Take him out there and drown the dog. He'll
let go," to which one of the women yells back, "No, what the f---?"
After a couple of minutes of struggling, Mark Kelly appears in the shot, according to the man who recorded the incident.
The man who shot the video and posted it online only identified himself by his first name, Nathan.
Kelly came over and picked the dog up by the collar, shook it, called
the dog out by name, and that's when the dog released. Mark Kelly was
able to walk the dog back to the parking lot," Nathan told KPNX, an NBC affiliate in Phoenix, where Giffords and Kelly live.
pool of blood from the sea lion is left on the shoreline as Kelly and
the dog walk off. The sea lion, which isn't moving by that point, later
died, according to The Los Angeles Times. It was removed from the area
where it had beached itself, which may have been an indication that it
was sick before the brutal encounter.
The dog lives with Giffords'
stepdaughter in Houston, according to the paper. No citations were
issued 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]," Kravetz told The L.A.