A baby seal has been left traumatised and badly injured after being harassed and attacked by a dog on a beach.
A marine rescue group in Spurn, East Yorkshire has pleaded with dog owners to keep their pets on a lead and away from vulnerable seal pups.
The baby – now named Puck – was said to have suffered ‘extensive puncture wounds’ after being mauled on Sunday.
Em Mayman, who works for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) group, said: ‘The closest medics were asked to check out one particular pup after reports of a dog and public harassing it and the pup had “bleeding injuries”.
‘The medics arrived and found the pup with numerous new wounds and old scrapes.’
The group said it received reports of a Collie dog harassing seals on Sunday before the out of hours coordinator was called about the injured seal.
Medics went to the beach and treated Puck, who was said to be ‘quite shaken’ from the attack.
She said the pup had previously been identified as a healthy first-year juvenile grey seal only days before.
Em added: ‘It was then transported for urgent emergency veterinary treatment where the stressed pup was sedated and had the extensive puncture wounds treated.
‘It’s now on medication to help it heal in a short-term stay unit.
‘So far the seal – now named Puck – is doing okay but is understandably quite sore and traumatised.’
The seal was moved by BDMLR marine mammal medics and members of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, who helped take the pup back to the rescue vehicles after the attack.
The BDMLR added it was called about another incident on the same day.
Em said: ‘The other [seal] luckily is okay, but had a collie trying to harass it.
‘The owner reluctantly took the dog away when an onlooker saw what happened and had to intervene to stop the attack.’
The BDMLR further warned people to be careful around seal pups, after similar incidents were reported in recent weeks.
Em said: ‘If you see a stranded pup on the beach, please give it double the amount of space you may think is necessary and call BDMLR 01825765546 for advice. They will send a trained medic to assess the animal.
‘Keep all dogs, children and other people away and allow it space. Never chase them back into water.’
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