Updated: Two Dogs Die After 'Bee Attack'

The local news station reports two people and two dogs were attacked at an Altadena home Tuesday.

Update 6 p.m. Thursday: CBS-LA reports that the two dogs stung in a wild bee attack on an Altadena street Wednesday have died.

Previously: KCAL9 reports that two dogs and two people were injured in a "bee attack" near a home in the 2000 block of Marengo Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.  

The report describes one dog as severely injured, and includes aerial shots of firefighters hosing out the hives of a home.

The Pasadena Star-News reports the bees were in a hive inside the home that was 4 to 5 feet high.  The dogs were taken to the vet and people pursued medical treatment on their own.

Brian April 27, 2012 at 04:32 PM
No information from the paltry televsion reports, this website or the Pasadena Sun whether these bees were of the 'killer' variety or european type of bee. Can we get an update on that? It would be useful to know if Africanized bees are in Altadena.
susan rudnicki April 27, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Brian---there is no way to tell by behavior or appearance if bees are "Africanized" This issue is largely spun by opportunistic media creating sensationalized reports. Most feral bees in the entire southwest US have African genes from crossbreeding with the escaped research project queens that originated in Brazil in the 1950's. These queens have spread their genetics through the European honeybee populations they encountered, and the more aggressive characteristics have been diluted. Killer bees is just the handle the media, in absence of factual information, relies on to attract attention. The bees in this in-wall hive were acting as ANY colony of bees would when living in crowded conditions, unmanaged by a beekeeper responsibly, and in the Spring swarming/fast growth period. Bees are wild animals and should be respected as such. However, a good half of our food production depends on their work, so humans have a vested interest in seeing to their welfare and protection.
Brian April 27, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Agreed, thanks Susan. Though sometimes on the news we'll hear that a discovered colony was identified as 'Africanized'. A large bee hive at my family's house last year was removed by a bee keeper for free. It was a large colony about 16" wide and 5 feet long and there never was any incident since they were away from foot traffic etc, just lots of bees going in and out doing their jobs. Approximately 60 lbs of honeycomb was recovered along with the queen and have a new home and still producing honey.
Charles D April 28, 2012 at 01:40 AM
My dog and I will surely miss these guys. At first they would bark at us, after a weeks they would just whimper as if to say, "We want to walk with you guys too"! Rest in peace.
vee May 04, 2012 at 05:24 AM
This guy did know about the bees and he had been talked to about it but never did anything other than spray some bee/wasp killer around the hive area.


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