Puppies Fight for Lives After Being Tied to Tree Under Bee Hive

San Diego County Animal Services investigators are asking for help in locating any witnesses or information regarding five puppies in Fallbrook, three of which died, after being tied to a tree directly under an active bee hive.

Updated at 1:58 p.m. June 8, 2012

Authorities asked the public Friday for help in determining who tied five puppies to a tree underneath a beehive in a North County field last week, leading to the deaths of three of the canines after the insects attacked them.

Firefighters found the incapacitated dogs while responding to a small grass fire in the open lot off the 41200 block of De Luz Road in Fallbrook about noon on May 31, according to the county Department of Animal Services.

The Cal Fire crews were able to quickly douse the flames, which scorched a roughly 20-by 20-foot area about 25 feet from where the canines were tied

Three 5-month-old puppies died at the scene,  said animal services Lt. Dan DeSousa.

Two Jack Russell terriers had choked to death, likely as they tried to escape the attacking bees. The third, a Rottweiler, died of unknown causes, according
to DeSousa.

The two surviving animals, a Jack Russell mix and a Chihuahua, were in critical condition. The dogs—named Woody and Buzz, respectively—have since been receiving “around-the-clock care,” DeSousa said.

“Both dogs were stung dozens of times, and due to its critical medical condition, one of the puppies underwent a blood transfusion earlier this
week,” he said.

Personnel with the county animal-services agency are trying to determine who tied the canines up in the open lot and why. The dogs’ owners, a woman and her 16-year-old daughter who live next to the field, have told investigators the animals were in their back yard when they left for work and school that day, according to DeSousa.

The origin of the small vegetation fire also remains under investigation. The blaze definitely was “human caused,” but a ruling on whether it was an intentional act of arson is pending, said Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.

The surviving puppies—who couldn’t even blink their eyes immediately after the bee attack, due to the amount of venom they had absorbed—have been showing signs of progress, according to DeSousa.

“They were wagging their tails some yesterday, so that’s always a good sign,” he said Friday afternoon.

Both will have to undergo further medical care before being available for adoption, DeSousa said. He's hopeful the puppies will able healthy enough to be transferred to on Monday.

County officials asked anyone with information on the incident to call animals-services personnel at 619-767-2624.

Anyone interested in helping to pay for the continued care of these puppies can donate to the DAS Spirit Fund at sddac.com/donations.asp.

To report information on this incident, the public can call the Department of Animal Services at (619)767-2624

City News Service and the San Diego County Department of Animal Services contributed to this report.

Debbie G June 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Five puppies in a cage!!???And left alone all day...? Did anyone consider that there just might have been some annoying barking go on.?? Not that this would be any excuse for doing such a horrible thing!!!! It makes me sick!! Whomever did this may have wanted to stop the noise and set the fire so as to alert someone to rescue the puppies and have them taken away from the negligent owners....A plot that went horribly wrong...? Just a theory, I could be wrong.... Again, I'm NOT defending anyone in this case. Or, it could have just been a disgusting SICKO....
Jenny Peckham June 10, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Deanne Goodman June 11, 2012 at 04:19 PM
The dogs are now named Woody and Buzz. Here's an update Lt. DeSousa: "If Buzz’s large abscess has improved (it was covered by the blue bandages in the video we released last week), the plan is to close the wound and put a drain in the abscess. The veterinarian will also be checking both dogs’ eyes to see if their blink reflexes are improving. If all goes well today, we anticipate that they should be able to be transferred into our care (the Carlsbad shelter) on Thursday. Once here, they will need continued oral antibiotic and eye medications."
Jessica Fifield June 21, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Any updates..
Deanne Goodman June 21, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Hi Jessica here's an update we posted last Friday. They are healing and now at the Gaines Street shelter, should be up for adoption at some point. :) http://carlsbad.patch.com/articles/bee-stung-puppies-leave-carlsbad-in-better-health


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