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Southeast side neighborhood on high alert after bee attack

Published: Apr. 7, 2013 at 10:57 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:14 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Southeast side neighborhood is on high alert Sunday after Africanized bees killed four dogs and attacked people there.

It happened Thursday afternoon near Golf Links and Harrison by Davis Monthan Air Force Base.

"Those things are capable of killing you," said Sandy Moore.

Moore today swept up what's left of the dead Africanized bees that took over her home.

"I'd say within the last day or so we've gotten a good hundred at least that covered the whole patio," said Moore.

The swarm of bees attacked her neighbor, landscapers and killed three of her family's dogs. One dog belonged to her daughter Sylvia and had been stung more than 70 times.

"That night, I was heartbroken the whole day," said Sylvia. "It was terrible."

Another dog ran about a quarter mile down the street to a neighbor's home.

"The dog was right here in the front yard, just kind of standing here," said Jim Bishop, who tried saving the dogs. "Obviously panting and in distress."

So, Bishop rushed the canine to a local vet. None of the animals survived.

The Moore family called an exterminator who said the bee hive is hidden in the overhang of their home.

There was another hive, about the size of a soccer ball, in the tree outside of their home.

The bees also attacked two more dogs at the house next door but Jennifer Gomez's 8-year-old German shepherd didn't survive.

"It was kind of scary after that because you didn't know where they were exactly," said Gomez.

Signs have been posted urging residents to keep an eye on their children and pets.

This is the second bee attack in Southern ARizona this week. Two dogs were hospitalized in Sahuarita Thursday after getting stung by bees.

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