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Franklin County dog swarmed by hundreds of bees dies

Posted July 26, 2013
Updated July 27, 2013

— 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.” Mika 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.


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  • Alexia.1 Aug 5, 2013

    Did the authorities ever investigate to see if these were "killer bees"?

  • Soleil Jul 30, 2013

    Why would any owner chain a dog and make it live that kind of life? I'm curious to know how long the chain was. Not that it matters. That poor dog suffered horribly and didn't stand a chance.

    The animal shelter that gave those people another dog to leave out in the hot/cold weather on a chain day and night should be ashamed.

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Jul 30, 2013

    Poor dog, chaining a dog is cruel...

  • itsmyownopinion Jul 29, 2013

    It was a dog,, get a life and another dog, Dogs, cats horses are pets, they come and go Take care of them and enjoy, they dont last forever,, The man did not send his bees to attack, For that matter Bees are good for us and nature,,


    Please fly a different flag.

  • itsmyownopinion Jul 29, 2013

    “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.

    I've never chained a member of my family that I can recall.

  • lawhite Jul 29, 2013

    To all of you who are judging without knowing....Mika had a bed, shelter, shade from 100 year old oak trees, food, water, and doggie play dates. Not all landlords allow pets in the house. Multiple bee boxes were setup in close proximity to the home. Where a baby lives I might add. Boxes were removed during the day. Irresponsibility here lies with the farmer who leases the field and the beekeeper. Oh, and the puppy. If he had stayed in the animal shelter, what do you think would have happened to him? Anyone wonder where the swarm of bees so aggressive that they killed another animal went? Maybe they are in your fenced in yard.

  • IPayYouPay Jul 29, 2013

    NEVER chain your dog. Either fenced the yard and/or keep the animal (a part of your own family) inside the house when you are gone. We do with our German Shepherd. And she's just fine. And still alive. I don't understand the dog's owner nor the bee keeper. Bees can kill, obviously. I'd hate to be responsible for my insects killing another being.

  • paul2345 Jul 29, 2013

    The chain prevented the dog from putting distance between it and the bees. If the owners can't understand their own culpability, then the lesson isn't 'worth something'. Had some sympathy up until that quote, even with their poor animal husbandry skills.

    What of the bees? Where I live, all the ignorant McMansion neighbors use chemlawn, gallons of spray or pounds of sevin to kill off anything that might fly, crawl or wiggle. Beneficials or pests, they all die (except the Tiger mosquitos and ticks). All in the name of 'curb appeal'. Then they fuss when their gardens can't set fruit. Their unabashed love of the pesticide aisle at the weekend lawn warrior stores kill off local bee hives routinely -- something that costs a beekeeper several hundred dollars per hive, not to mention the loss in pollenation services and honey production. Their ignorance or self-absorption with the 'look' of their lawn destroys large swaths of an ecosystem that feeds my family.

    Poor dog. Poor new pup.

  • lisalrenee2 Jul 26, 2013

    Why on earth did the shelter GIVE THEM ANOTHER DOG -- who will inevitably end up living on a chain??

  • piratejosh76 Jul 26, 2013

    You know what's great about this thread? The story was written so that along with the dog being the victim, the lady and her family were as well. Instead, a single sentence in the story has made her a near criminal in the eyes of these commenters. Sure, she probably shouldn't have chained her dog outside, but HER DOG DIED. Is there no sympathy for her?

    (On a side note, I would never chain my dog outside...)