Dog dies in bee attack
PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida homeowner came to her dog's rescue Friday after a swarm of bees targeted the animal, but despite help from neighbors, firefighters and police officers, the beloved family pet would not survive the attack, officials said.
"Every life matters; we take as much interest in pets," said Plantation Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Joel Gordon. "Pets are part of family, and we treat them that way."
Police and fire rescue rushed to the home at 640 E. Acre Drive in Plantation to attempt to save Baby Doll, a 2-year-old American Foxhound who was swarmed by bees, but by the time they arrived they were unable to save the canine.
Next-door neighbor Betty Chenet went outside and saw what, according to her, was "thousands" of bees almost completely covering Baby Doll.
"[The dog looked] pretty bad, like sad," said nearby resident Stan Seleski, who saw the bee attack from his own home.
One of the canine's owners tried to control the swarm, but she ended up getting stung as well. She eventually ran for cover.
Chenet sprayed water to stop the swarming and then tried to hop the fence to try to retrieve Baby Doll, but the insects began attacking her. "They just kept swarming, they kept coming to me, more and more," she said.
Chenet then called 911. A Plantation Police officer arrived at the scene and got stung multiple times. "He was just swatting and swatting and swatting them away," said Seleski. "He was in bad shape."
"He was stung approximately 30 to 40 times, in the face, neck and arms," said Plantation Police Detective Robert Rettig.
Once fire rescue arrived, they sprayed Baby Doll and the home with foam, which got the insects off the animal and killed most of the bees in the hive. Firefighters then carried the dog to a police cruiser, and the officer took her to Central Broward Animal Hospital, where she had to be put to sleep.
Police said they believe Baby Doll had been stung well over a hundred times.
Hours after the incident, area residents walking near the home still had to swat away several bees left over from the attack.
One of Baby Doll's owners, Ted Delgiazl, was not home at the time his wife and dog were attacked. He said his wife was stung dozens of times trying to save the dog.
The homeowners said they were unaware a swarm of bees had built a nest inside the walls of their garage.
Delgiazl credits his dog for preventing the bees from attacking his children, who were not involved in the attack. "I'm just grateful that it wasn't one of my kids, because the dog [weighed] 60 pounds, and my son is 25 pounds," said Delgiazl. "The dog didn't survive, so I'm sure my kids wouldn't have, so ... my dog saved my children's lives."
Chenet said she wishes she could have saved Baby Doll. "I just feel bad I couldn't get in," she said, wiping back tears.
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