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Green Valley dog dies after stung nearly 500 times by bees

TUCSON – A Green Valley dog was rushed to the emergency clinic after he was attacked by a swarm of bees while in his backyard.

According to Green Valley Fire District, first responders were dispatched to the 600 block of West Calle Torres Blancas after they received a call that Sootie, a 11-year-old labrador retriever mix, was swarmed by bees. The crew immediately foamed the hive, prompting the swarm to dissipate.

Sootie was then taken to Animal Care Center of Green Valley in a fire truck.

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Authorities say Sootie has died from the injuries sustained in the incident.

Pima County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.

News 4 Tucson spoke with Greg Williams of Desert Swarm who specializes in Africanized bee removal.

“This is the worst kind of call that I show up on,” said Greg Williams. “This is the worst one. Unfortunately, it happens. I see it all too often- pets, humans.”

Williams said he found a large and established hive inside the perimeter wall. He said it is a common place to see these types of bees.

“They’re nasty,” he said. “If you have a heartbeat, they hate you.”

Stay with News 4 Tucson for the latest updates.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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