Franklin County dog swarmed by hundreds of bees dies

27.07.2013 02:26

FRANKLIN COUNTY, N.C. — A Franklin
county woman said she returned home
Monday to a shocking sight: Her dog was
covered in hundreds of bees.
Ashley Seagroves said her 4-year-old mixed
breed dog, Mika, was chained near his dog
house and unable to escape the swarm. He
eventually died from the stings.
“I wish I would have come home and he
would have already passed away so that I
didn’t have to see him passing away in front
of me,” Seagroves said.
Seagroves said she and her husband were
looking for a pet when they first started
dating, and Mika was the first addition to
their family.
Franklin County Animal Control Director
Taylor Bartholomew said the dog’s death was
a first.
“We’ve never had an incident of this kind,” he
said. “It’s new to us.”
Seagroves said the bees were kept behind
her house on her neighbor’s farmland for the
past two months to help cucumbers grow. On
Monday, before the attack, the bees were
moved.
Jeffrey Lee, who owns the insects, said he
loves dogs and was upset to learn about
what happened.
“I’m just truly sorry about the whole
situation,” Lee said. “If I knew there was a
dog there, I would have moved the bees
differently.”
Lee said he thought the house was
abandoned and had not been notified by the
farm owner who rented his bees that there
were people in the house.
“It was a lack of communication,” he said.
The Franklin County Animal Shelter director
gave Seagroves a free puppy to try to make
up for the loss, but Seagroves said the
matter of Mika is still unresolved.
“We don’t feel like it’s over because we lost
a part of our family and I believe that is
worth something,” she said.
Animal control officers said the case remains
under investigation and they should know
soon whether any charges will be filed.
Meanwhile, the state Department of
Agriculture is testing the bees to figure out
why they acted so aggressively.