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Bees Sting Pit Bull To Death After Tree-Trimming Disturbs Swarm

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A swarm of bees, who were disturbed by tree trimmers, fatally attacked a dog in North Hollywood yesterday.

When the tree-trimming crew began trimming the trunk, it agitated thousands of bees. The crew was able to run away from the swarm to safety, but Babe, a 5-year-old pit bull who lived next door wasn't so lucky, according to KTLA. The bees attacked the family dog, who was later pronounced dead at a veterinary hospital.

Firefighters responded to the scene and killed many of the bees by spraying the trunk with foam and water. An exterminator came later to spray for more bugs, but warned that as long as the tree and its honey were around, the bees would return. Today the rest of the tree was removed.

It's not clear if this swarm were Africanized honey bees. There have been a few bee attacks in California recently. This month a 10-year-old Australian Shepherd mix near Modesto was killed by a swarm of bees, and this June a swarm of Africanized honey bees attacked 16 dogs at a boarding center.