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Two dogs killed after dangerous bee attack

WACO, TX (KXXV) - Two dogs are dead after an attack by a dangerous swarm of bees. Bee experts say between 200,000 and 300,000 bees were inside that hive.

The owners of those dogs said the swarm of bees looked like something out of a movie.

Monday, around noon, a woman who had been stung several times called police to report a swarm of bees.

Authorities say one of the woman's three dogs probably initiated the attack. They were in the backyard and one was chained to the fence.

Tri County Pest Management Owner Ozzie Salazar described how one of the dogs died in the attack.

“He ended up jumping the fence trying to get away from the bees, but unfortunately that was the side that the bees were on and he couldn't go any further because of the chain,” says Salazar. 

When animal control arrived at the house the swarm of bees was so thick they couldn't get into the backyard.

Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton says it was a dangerous situation to be in.

"As we got the bee folks out there to help us they were actually trying to conduct the animal rescue and as they were going into the yard,” says Swanton. “You could see the bees swarming around the dog they were carrying [and] around the bee keepers."

The pet owners say one of their dogs was covered in bees and another had been stung 200-300 times. It later died at the vet and a third dog survived by hiding under the car. Because the bees were so aggressive, the hive had to be destroyed, with many of the bees inside it. Animal control had to pull out the 50 pound hive by tearing down the walls of the neighbors shed.

Animal control says there will be increased bee activity in this area for the next few days.

The family who lost their dogs is asking for donations to go to the La Vega Veterinary Clinic in Bellmead to help pay for their dogs medical bills.

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