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85,000 bees attack Phoenix-area woman, cats, kill dogs

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PHOENIX — A Phoenix-area woman and two cats were recovering Monday after an attack by bees that left three dogs dead.

“The beekeeper told me 85,000 (bees),” Scottsdale Fire Capt. Danny Ables said.

The attack happened near 78th Street and McDonald Drive on Sunday. Ables said the bees came from two hives, one of which was about six feet long.

The woman was hospitalized and all the animals were taken to a veterinarian.

In a Facebook post, the Scottsdale Fire Department said the hives were removed by a bee exterminator.

Ables said people should know what to do in the event they are set upon by a swarm of bees.

“Swat your hands and get away,” he said. “Cover up your mouth.”

Ables also said one of the most common solutions — jumping into a body of water such as a pool or lake — is ineffective.

“Bees will hover over water,” he said. “Every time you try to come up for a breath, they’ll be right there to sting you. The best thing, from what I’ve heard, is just to run away.”

KTAR’s Jeremy Foster contributed to this report.

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