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Puppies Tied to Tree Die After Bee Swarm Attacks Them

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Three poor little puppies died—and two more were in rough shape—after a bee swarm attacked them in San Diego County.

The five puppies were tied up to a tree in the middle of the field just below an active bee hive, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Around the time of the bee swarm, a fire broke out in the field nearby.

Two Jack Russell terrier mixes died after they strangled themselves trying to get away from the bees. A rottweiler named Nana was able break free but she died not far from the tree. The survivors were a mixed-breed Chihuahua named Buzz and a Jack Russell mix named Woody (yes, their owners were "Toy Story" fans). One of them received a blood transfusion, and they're in recovery now.

Who is at fault for the puppies deaths and injuries? Investigators aren't sure, so nobody has been charged in the deaths. The puppies belonged to a family who lived in a nearby trailer park in Fallbrook, who let the puppies roam free. The family said that someone else tied up the puppies and left water out for them, but they weren't sure who did it or if they knew there was an active, deadly swarm overhead.

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For now, the owners surrendered their surviving puppies, which will be put up for adoption in Carlsbad once they've fully recovered.