2008-10-30 / Local & State

Bee Swarm Kills 3 Dogs, Injures Woman

RIVIERA BEACH, Florida (AP) - A 70-year-old woman is injured and three dogs are dead after a swarm of bees terrorized a neighborhood in South Florida.

Authorities say crews removed 50 pounds (22 kilograms) of honeycomb from the side of a home in Palm Beach County after Friday's attack. The hive has been contained.

The bees swarmed Nancy Hill and her two dogs. Hill was treated at a hospital, but the dogs died. The bees also attacked two other dogs in the neighborhood. One of those died and the other was injured.

Lab tests should determine whether the bees were Africanized bees, also known as killer bees. Their stings are no more potent than an ordinary bee's, but they are far more aggressive and attack in swarms.

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