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Bees attack California woman, 3 dogs

Nov. 2, 2011 at 5:59 PM

CHULA VISTA, Calif., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A swarm of bees attacked an elderly California woman and her three dogs, one of which died from an allergic reaction shortly after, a veterinarian said.

The 77-year-old woman was in the back yard of her Chula Vista house Tuesday afternoon when a few thousand bees began swarming, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday.

The woman was stung just a few times and paramedics determined she did not need to go to the hospital, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Garcia said, but her dogs weren't so lucky.

A 12-year-old Dalmatian mix was stung more than 100 times and died of a seizure before arriving at Otay Pet Vets. The other dogs, ages 8 and 14, were treated at the animal hospital.

"We removed stinger after stinger," veterinarian Kevin Anderson said. "They are still improving, but they are not out of the woods yet."

A private exterminator was called to take care of the bee hive in the woman's yard.

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