Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bee Attack Kills Two Dogs

By Cara Liu, KPHO

A swarm of bees trapped a family inside their home and killed two pet dogs

A swarm of bees attacked and killed two pet dogs at a Phoenix home Thursday. The home is near 24th Street and Indian School Road.
Robert Tomkins said by the time a neighbor called to tell him there was a swarm of bees by his home, he could only get two of his dogs indoors. He said a couple hundred bees got inside the house, stinging him about 50 times. He said his wife and young son were also stung.The two dogs he could not save in time -- Lucky, a Dalmatian and Baby, a labrador-pit bull mix -- were were stung hundreds of times and died from their injuries."They’re like family. It’s hard. It’s like losing a loved one. It hurts. We still have one at the vet – don’t know if he’s going to make it or not," said Tomkins. “We pulled 35 stingers out of my dog’s ears – that’s just his ears."Tomkins said he wants to caution others to be aware and alert -- the bee attack happened faster than he could ever have imagined.

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