The owner of the dog who mutilated a seal in London appears to have been identified on Tuesday as a high profile lawyer whose father was principal of Winchester College.
Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC, 49, is believed to be the woman pictured holding her crossbreed dog after rescuing Freddie the seal while sunbathing on part of the River Thames near Barnes, west London.
The puppy, named after Queen’s singer Freddie Mercury due to his entertaining appearances on the banks of the River Thames, suffered a fractured fin and dislocated joint. His injuries were so severe that he was euthanized at South Essex Wildlife Hospital.
Ms Sabben-Clare, who lives with her husband in London, studied at New College, Oxford and was named one of the main English sisters in the Legal 500 directory of 2021. Her father, James, was Director of Winchester College from 1985 to 2000.
A specialist in commercial law, she has been described as “incredibly bright” and “very talented”, and “a fearless lawyer” who is “very cool, calm and easy to work with”.
Met police called witnesses to the attack, which happened at around 12:40 p.m. near Hammersmith Bridge on Sunday.
A person controlling a dog that chases or attacks farm animals can be fined up to £ 1,000, or £ 2,500 if the breach was willful. Similar fines apply for attacks on wild animals.