R.I.P. Pinto

The cocker spaniel from Lakewood that was attacked by bees yesterday died today. R.I.P. Pinto. May there be milk bones, fire hydrants and mailmen a plenty for you in canine heaven.

Dog stung to death by bees in Los Angeles suburb

LAKEWOOD ñ A cocker spaniel named Pinto died Tuesday after he was stung by at least 100 bees that were nesting in discarded backyard tires, authorities said.

The buff-and-white 4-year-old, was treated by a veterinarian after Monday’s attack and released but went into convulsions and died at his home in this suburb 25 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, apparently from the bee stings, said Capt. Aaron Reyes, director of operations for the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority.

“What a sad ending,” Reyes said.

The dog’s owner was cutting brush in the back yard around 2 p.m. Monday when she disturbed the bee colony, according to Capt. Rick Tiberio of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

A bee expert who went to the scene estimated there were about 20,000 bees.

“They had several tires in the back yard that had not been tended to, probably for years, and that’s an ideal place for bees to nest,” Reyes said.

Pinto tried to hide under a woodpile and bags of recycled cans.

A beekeeper used smoke on the bees to calm them. Children at a nearby school were called indoors until the bees could be removed, Reyes said.

The dog was retrieved, his fur and tail still full of bees. Reyes said an animal control officer counted roughly 100 bee stings.

“We moved him out to the front yard. He was laying on his side and he looked like he was convulsing but then he was able to stand up and looked alert,” Reyes said.

“He was treated and released and he went into convulsions early this morning and he passed away,” Reyes said.

The bees appeared to be European rather than the more aggressive Africanized “killer” bees, he said.

One Reply to “R.I.P. Pinto”

  1. What a shame. I saw the little guy on the news Monday night and he was on his feet looking fine… well, at least as fine as one can look after such an attack.

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