Two dogs killed in McAllen bee attack

2 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, March 16 2023 Mar 16, 2023 March 16, 2023 10:34 PM March 16, 2023 in News - Local

A McAllen man is recovering at home after a swarm of bees attacked him and his two dogs.

His dogs died Wednesday after they were stung more than 100 times.

Ricky Cantu, 26, says he can’t get the images out of his head after arriving to his town home off of Nolana and North 7th Street where he found his dogs in the backyard covered in bees.

“I saw one underneath my patio furniture and another one covered under a box – they looked destroyed,” Cantu recalled. “They looked dead. [I] ran them inside, taking a whole bunch of bees off them."

Cantu said that’s when the bees started swarming him.

“I had to do my best to shoo them off me, but I was so concerned about my dogs,” Cantu added.

Cantu took his dogs to the vet, but they couldn’t be saved.

McAllen Assistant City Manager Michelle Rivera said firefighters found a beehive of Africanized honey bees at a vacant town home next door.

A company was hired to remove about 12 layers of honeycombs 

“It's just heart breaking to lose your puppies over some bees. I mean, that's a terrible way for these babies to die," Rivera said.

Because the beehive was in a residential area, the city will be billing the owners of the vacant town home for the bee's removal.

Rivera recommends the public contact the city and the local fire department if they find a beehive that needs to be removed.

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