Avondale, AZ – An unimaginable, unthinkable event shattered Teri Carpenter’s world on Thursday evening. Her beloved Rottweilers, Colt, Luke, Ruby and Gabby, were viciously attacked by a swarm of killer bees that had been living under a shed on her rented property.
Bees that attacked en mass – filling her dogs’ ears, mouths and eyes with their venomous, stinging bodies.
One dog, Ruby, had attempted to escape the bees by leaping into the swimming pool, but it was not enough to stop the ruthless attack. The other dogs simply ran – blinded by panic and pain – their bodies covered by the mass of stinging bees.
Teri sustained multiple stings on her face and arms as she attempted to save her dogs, but her wounds were minor in comparison to the horror the onslaught of bees inflicted on the helpless dogs. Firefighters, armed with high-powered hoses, were eventually able to stop the brutal attack, but not before the swarming mass of bees had delivered stings so significant that the aggressive onslaught proved to be fatal.
The 4 dogs were immediately rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic. One of the 4 dogs coded in front of Teri’s eyes. The next, Luke, died a short time later while Teri was discussing billing options at the front desk with the staff.
The third dog, Colt, suffered from a massive seizure and cardiac arrest – dying over the weekend. Three dogs dead as a result of the ruthless bee attack. The fourth dog, 7 yr-old Ruby, is still fighting for her life. The bee venom has thinned her blood and she has been on IV’s since Thursday.
Ruby’s face and body are swollen from the stings – her urine is blood-filled and her red blood cells are damaged from the bee venom. Just today, Ruby required transfusions of plasma to help counteract both the blood loss, and the damage to her red blood cells. Ruby’s heartbeat is irregular and her condition is precarious.
Teri is focusing all of her energy on Ruby – praying that the surviving dog will be strong enough to overcome the unbelievable trauma that her body has sustained. Teri has a circle of friends and acquaintances that are assisting her through this terrible event. Teri is well-known to those in the Rottweiler world, as well as those in the dog-rescue world.
The medical expenses resulting from this horrible incident are staggering – according to Tonita Fernandez, the veterinary bill is already over $10,000.
Source: Dog News ExaminerPenny Eims