WACO (May 19, 2014) Three dogs were stung, two were killed Monday afternoon after a large hive containing as many 200,000 to 300,000 bees in a shed behind a South Waco house was disturbed and the angry bees swarmed the neighborhood.
A beekeeper was called in to round up the swarming bees. (Photo by Jim Peeler)
The bees are likely to remain active in the area for a week or more, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
Police, firefighters, animal control officers and a couple of beekeepers were at the house at South 25th Street and Baylor Avenue just after 1 p.m. Monday trying to gather up the angry bees so they could be trapped and moved away, Swanton said.
The bees were in a hive inside a shed behind a house in the 2400 block of Baylor Avenue, Swanton said.
In order to reach the hive, a wall must be torn down, he said.
It appears the hive has been there for more than a year, he said.
The street was closed in the area of the swarm, but was reopened to traffic just before 2 p.m. Monday.
The family is now left with just one dog and hundreds of dollars in veterinarian bills that they cannot afford.
If you can help, call the La Vega animal clinic at (254) 799-0808.