A Pasco woman is dealing with some heartbreak after bees swarmed her yard and attacked her little dogs.
PASCO, WA – A Pasco woman is dealing with some heartbreak after bees swarmed her yard and attacked her little dogs.
A swarm of hundreds of bees came flying through Shawna Breedlove’s yard and attacked two of her dogs. One of the dogs is still recovering; the other was not as lucky.
"I'm the one that had to put him down so it was really really hard and I've never had...I've had animals put down before but I never had to make that decision," explained Breedlove.
Little Ziggy was a tiny 7.5 pound Chihuahua. On Saturday he was out in the yard, tied on his leash. Something angered a giant nest of bees and sent them swarming on Ziggy and another family dog.
"I feel horrible. I wish I could have just said, "no I'll bring him home and see how he does’ but they advised against it. It was putting him in too much pain. He was drowning from the inside out."
The veterinarians say Ziggy went into shock. Over 150 stingers had been stuck into him sending tiny toxins to his bloodstream and causing his body to bleed from the inside.
"It's a freak event that should never have happened."
NBC Right Now got in touch with local bee enthusiasts. They say this time of year especially on windy days, like we had this weekend, the bees can get aggravated easily when their nests are blown around.
"It's just sad. We have four boys and any one of them could have been attacked."
Breedlove's 10-year-old son dove to the ground to rescue the dogs. Only one survived. The vets told her if her two-year-old son had been stung the same way, he also could have suffered.
"Just love your animals and your kids to the fullest extent cause you never know what could happen. Within a matter of hours he was stung and he was dead."
There are some measures you can take to prevent this from happening to you. You can contact a pest control company. Also, local beekeepers can come out and collect bee nests safely.
If you see an out of control nest, you can find beekeepers on the Mid-Columbia Beekeeper’s Association web site here: http://www.tricitybees.com/