|Saturday, 30 July 2011 00:00|
Horse Killed by Swarm of Bees
Riverside County Animal Services officers responded to a call for assistance for a horse that was under attack by bees.
The call came to Animal Services this afternoon (Thursday, July 28) shortly after 1 p.m. from an emergency-room nurse at Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center in Riverside.
A man in the ER was being treated for bee stings and had asked a nurse to call Animal Services to find out if his horse was OK.
Riverside County Animal Services Lt. Chris Mayer and Sgt. Jason Sanders responded to a property in Riverside's Arlanza neighborhood. Unfortunately, the horse had already died from the swarm. The bees came from two separate hives. One of the hives was located in a pepper tree in the center of a ranch-style property in the 5000 block of Mitchell Avenue
The man was getting ready to spray his horse with a fly repellant, which may have triggered the swarm, said Sgt. Sanders.
It was uncertain how many times the horse was stung, Sgt. Sanders said. It is also uncertain how many times the man was stung.
"I'm imagining that he was pretty lucky to get out of there alive," Sgt. Sanders said.
An exterminator was on scene when Sgt. Sanders and Lt. Mayer inspected the property.