Swarms of bees killed a horse Thursday afternoon in the City of Riverside, the The UPI is reporting. The attack may have been triggered by fly repellent, according to authorities.
The horse’s owner was also seriously injured by receiving stings from the same swarm, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Riverside County Animal Services officers found the horse dead after the owner, being treated at a local hospital, asked for someone to be sent to look at the animal.
The stinging in Riverside may have been set off by the fly repellent, animal control officers said. The chemical apparently sent bees swarming from two hives.
This is the second death of an animal by stings that this reporter has seen in Riverside this summer.
In another strange animal death, Authorities in Riverside are asking for the public’s help in a search for a suspect who shot a dog with a crossbow, inflicting injuries so bad the dog had to be euthanized.
The 6-month-old German shepherd mix was found by a security guard on the campus of La Sierra University around noon Wednesday, according to Riverside County Animal Services.
The dog had an arrow lodged in his side. It’s not clear if the dog was shot on the campus or in a surrounding neighborhood.
The dog was taken to Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley.
“He was bleeding from his nose and he was having difficulty breathing,” Veterinary Technician Eileen Sanders said. “His right-side lung was either filled with blood or had collapsed.”
Veterinarians decided to euthanize the dog to relieve his suffering.
The ASK Foundation (Animal Solutions Konnection), a nonprofit group connected to the shelter, is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call the shelter at (951) 358-7387.