Firefighters said a woman and her pets, three dogs and five cats, were injured in a bee attack at a home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Sunday afternoon. All three of the dogs died.
Crews reported a large swarm of aggressive bees from two hives in the attic of the house. One of them weighed 70 pounds. The exterminator, RJ Riedlinger, estimated that there were some 50,000 bees.
"Her dog was covered, covered, in bees, more than 100," Natalie Bendsten, a family friend, said.
Riedlinger also said he believes they were aggressive honeybees, but not Africanised honeybees, often referred to as "killer bees." According to Battalion Chief Adam Hoster of the Scottsdale Fire Department, the woman was stung several times. Firefighters carried her out of the house.
She was taken to the hospital, but has since been released.
Her three dogs were not so lucky. Two died of their injuries; the third had to be euthanised. In addition, firefighters rescued two cats from the house. Crews later went back into the house to find three kittens. All three were safe.
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