Rottweiler stung, killed by bees
WEST PARK, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police said a dog died after the animal and his owner were attacked by bees.
Fifty-five-year-old Robert Denmark was bathing Ricco, his 6-year-old Rottweiler, in the backyard of his home, located in the 4900 block of Southwest 22nd Street, Thursday afternoon when, according to officials, bees from a neighbor's tree descended on them. "They just started biting, and I couldn't do nothing," he said.
Ricco's owner ran into a shed and grabbed mineral spirits to try to start a fire. "I run into the shed ... and I try to light a fire to get the bees off the dog," he said.
Getting the insects off the 80-pound canine, however, proved very difficult. "They started stinging, and I tried to get 'em off the dog, and the dog went under the fence," said Denmark. "He went under the fence trying to get away."
Denmark said he also tried to use a hose to repel the bees, but he was still unsuccessful. "Something attracted those bees to the dog," said Cyntheria Denmark, the owner's wife. "I've never seen anything like that. I never experienced bees [before]."
Denmark, who sustained bee stings to his face, took Ricco to a local vet's office, where the animal succumbed to his injuries. "Me being a dog owner, I was devastated," said Willie Rivera, the Denmarks' next-door neighbor, "and when I heard they attacked [my] neighbor, I felt even worse."
Rivera called a bee removal service, and the exterminators wasted no time doing away with the thousands of insects living in the cracks of the resident's backyard tree trunk. "They've killed horses, they've killed dogs," said Bird and Bee Removal exterminator Rolando Calzadilla. "It's not something to panic about, but it's definitely an issue."
Rivera said he plans to take down his tree.
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