A swarm of aggressive bees is being blamed for the death of a dog, the injury of others and the temporary shelter-in-place of a neighborhood in Ceres.
Ceres police were called to River Valley Circle in Ceres, responding to the calls of the aggressive swarm Sunday around 5:30 p.m. Ceres firefighters were also called to the scene, where they found a 53-year-old beekeeper had been aggressively attacked by the swarm.
The beekeeper, who had been wearing his protective gear, said the bees became agitated and stung him multiple times, according to police.
The swarm of bees flew over neighboring homes, where they stung two large dogs, police said. The dog’s owner rushed outside to save his animals, sustaining several bee stings in the process. The dogs were taken to a local vet, but one did not survive the ordeal.
After another bee keeper was brought in to deal with the situation, it was decided to wait until dusk to remove the bee hive, police said. Unfortunately, the bees were determined to be unsafe and were euthanized to protect the public’s safety.
The bee hive was later removed. No criminal charges are being pursued against the 53-year-old at this time, police said.