Franklin County dog swarmed by hundreds of bees dies
Posted July 26, 2013
Updated July 27, 2013
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.” Franklin County dog dies after bee attack
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.