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Two puppies that nearly died after being tied to a tree and stung by a swarm of bees have been adopted by new families, the San Diego County Department of Animal Services said Friday.
Buzz and Woody – a Jack Russell mix and a Chihuahua – were among five puppies that were tied to a tree with an active beehive in Fallbrook on May 31 by unknown suspects.
Firefighters came across the puppies while responding to a suspicious fire that same day on De Luz Road. By the time crews found the group of puppies, three of the dogs were already dead.
Crews were able to save Buzz and Woody, however, who were rushed to a veterinary hospital in critical condition. The puppies had sustained multiple bee stings.
Since then, Buzz and Woody have been recovering at local shelters and receiving round-the-clock care from professionals.
Woody received special treatment for his eyes, which were briefly paralyzed following the bee swarm attack. One of the pups also underwent a blood transfusion.
Now, after a long road to recovery, Director of Animal Services Dawn Danielson says the puppies have been officially adopted by new families.
“After the suffering these two puppies endured because of the unknown person who tied them to a tree under an active bee hive, the Department is happy to announce both Buzz and Woody have been adopted into wonderful, loving families,” said Danielson.
More than two dozen families filled out applications to adopt Buzz and Woody. Ultimately, two lucky families -- one from Rancho Penasquitos and the other from Mira Mesa -- walked away with the pups.