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.

Chris April 26, 2012 at 04:27 PM
And they let the hive get that big? Really?
Robby April 26, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Yeah....the residents would have known for a long time about this hive. You can hear and feel hives in the walls of a house. There would have been plenty of bee activity near the entrance. There are groups which will re-home bees for free, and I believe the county will even provide removal or extermination service for free, so whoever owns that property has been pretty negligent. Poor dogs.
Lisa Hastings April 26, 2012 at 04:46 PM
How sad for the dogs. We had a neighbor who refused to do anything about a HUGE colony of bees in her backyard. No one in the neighborhood was letting their dogs or children outside because of this problem. We asked her several times to get rid of the colony. We finally contacted the county. The county acted quickly and ordered her to get rid of it. The colony was gone within 24 hours of the county contacting her.
Helen Joyal April 26, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I have a large hive in my pepper tree. I don't know what to do about them. I called the co and local be keepers nobody got back to me after many calls I gave up.
Chris April 26, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Yeah, feel horrible for the dogs ... less so for the people. This could have been prevented.
Hugo April 26, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Helen, Contact your Altadena Town Council tract representative. I'm sure they can help you regarding who to contact and get results. http://altadenatowncouncil.org/census-tracts/
Lisa Hastings April 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
http://www.ripealtadena.com/community-referrals?cn-s=&cn-cat=2&cn-pg=1 Beekeepers in the Los Angeles area can be found by calling the Bee Rescue Hotline: (213) 373-1104 or http://www.backwardsbeekeepers.com/p/bee-rescue-hotline.html
Robby April 26, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Here is a link to a local volunteer bee group that does a lot of hive and swarm relocations: http://www.backwardsbeekeepers.com/p/bee-rescue-hotline.html There is also a list of companies that do hive removal on their page, if they can't help you with your bees (usually that's because the location of the bees is something they can't handle/don't have permission to enter, etc.) Your homeowner's insurance company might also be able to help - they would naturally have an interesting in removing a potential hazard from the property, and might have better luck setting a fire under someone's fanny to take care of the situation if you can't get anyone to do anything. On the plus side.....I'll bet your neighborhood's plants and gardens are thriving. =)
Lisa Hastings April 27, 2012 at 03:41 AM
This is so sad about the dogs. :(
Dan Abendschein (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Yeah this just bums me out.
Chris April 27, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Poor little guys.
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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