FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Animal services officials are seeking a suspect who tied five puppies to a tree under an active beehive in San Diego County. Three of the dogs were found dead and two were critically injured.
County spokeswoman Tracy DeFore says firefighters discovered a gruesome scene when responding to a suspicious fire in a Fallbrook field Thursday at about noon.
Approximately 25 feet from the fire, the puppies were found under a tree, bound to its trunk.
Two 5-month-old Jack Russell Terriers died from strangulation, most likely a result of their desperate attempts to escape the swarm of bees.
A five-month-old Rottweiler died from unknown causes.
Two more puppies were stung dozens of times and have been receiving around-the-clock care.
Investigators are seeking witnesses who can describe the person who left them.