Stung Fallbrook Puppies Moved to Shelter

The puppies were tied to a tree with an active beehive last month

By Lauren Steussy
|  Friday, Jun 15, 2012  |  Updated 12:56 PM PDT
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Fallbrook Fire May be Tied to Puppy Deaths: Cal FIRE

A fire that sparked in Fallbrook last week may be tied to the abuse and deaths of several puppies that were tied to a tree and fatally stung by bees near the area of the fire. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzalez reports.
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Two puppies rescued by firefighters after being tied to a tree with an active bee hive were just moved to an animal shelter Thursday.

The puppies were among five tied to a tree about 25 feet from a fire last month, according to Dan DeSousa of the San Diego County Animal Services.

When firefighters responded, three of the puppies were already dead.

Firefighters were able to save two of the puppies tied to the tree -- a Jack Russell mix and a Chihuahua, now named Buzz and Woody.

They were rushed to a veterinary hospital with multiple bee stings and related injuries. One of the puppies underwent a blood transfusion last week. Both puppies' eyes were severely injured by the bee stings, DeSousa said in a statement.

Woody received eye drops and ophthalmic ointment for his eyes, which were briefly paralyzed. Buzz was treated for a large abscess, according to the county Department of Animal Service's Facebook.

On Thursday, the puppies were well enough to be moved to a Linda Vista shelter.They will remain in the care of the Department for the next two weeks as they continue to recover. They still have multiple healing abscesses, and Buzz has sutures from the drains that were removed, DeSousa said.

Meanwhile, funds from the Department of Animal Service's Spirit Fund are assisting in covering the puppies' medical care.

The fund was instrumental in the recovery of an east county dog found shot on the side of the road in February. The dog was nursed back to health and adopted by a new family in March. 

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