3 puppies dead, family injured, after bee attack at Glendale home

Posted: Updated:
Esther Julian and her family were stung by bees, resulting in three puppy deaths. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Esther Julian and her family were stung by bees, resulting in three puppy deaths. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The dogs were attacked by a swarm of bees in the backyard Wednesday afternoon. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The dogs were attacked by a swarm of bees in the backyard Wednesday afternoon. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Africanized bees are aggressive and could attack anybody at any time. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Africanized bees are aggressive and could attack anybody at any time. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A bee exterminator was called out and says clutter may have attracted nearly 30,000 bees to the backyard. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A bee exterminator was called out and says clutter may have attracted nearly 30,000 bees to the backyard. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

“It has a lot of bumps right here,” said Esther Julian.

Julian’s dog “Pixie” had just had six healthy puppies, but now three of them have died and one is missing after an unexpected bee attack.

“We had to get all the puppies at the same time and run inside the house,” said Julian.

The dogs were attacked by a swarm of bees in the backyard Wednesday afternoon. Julian and her 1-year-old daughter were also stung but focused on getting the dogs to the vet.  

[READ MORE: Bees are endangered -- what does this mean for humans?]

“They were giving them injections to save them but two of them died,” said Julian.

A third puppy died at their home an hour later. A bee exterminator was called out and says clutter may have attracted nearly 30,000 bees to the backyard.  

“A lot of empty soda cans here, which the bees like to feed off the sugar,” said the exterminator.

He told us the Africanized bees are aggressive and could attack anybody at any time.

[RELATED: Bee safety 101]

So how can you protect your pets if they’re stung? Dr. Lara Sosnow said to grab common household items first.  

“If you can find the stinger, try to get it out. You can use tweezers or cardboard or a credit card,” said Sosnow.

But she said the second it gets worse, you need to get professional help and fast.

“If it goes beyond just a quick irritation and it develops into swelling of the face, eyes, or neck, then you need to go to your veterinarian,” said Sosnow.

A family is now grieving the loss of their puppies, as bee swarm season is only just beginning.  

Click/tap here to download the free azfamily mobile app.

Copyright 2018 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


Briana WhitneyBriana Whitney joined CBS 5/3TV in February 2018, and is no stranger to the sunshine and heat!

Click to learn more about Briana.

Briana Whitney

She’s from Northern California, but prior to coming to Phoenix, she reported at KIII-TV in Corpus Christi, TX for three years.

During her time in South Texas, she reported on several national stories. Some of the most memorable were the 2015 Wimberley floods, reporting for eight hours off the Gulf of Mexico during Hurricane Harvey in August of 2017, and reporting from the church shooting in Sutherland Springs in November of 2017.

Her general assignment reporting won her two Associated Press awards, six EMMA awards, and one Emmy nomination for a half-hour special she wrote, produced and hosted on the issue of child pornography.

Briana graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and during college had seven different internships at several news stations.

When she isn’t chasing breaking news or working on a feature story, Briana loves checking out the best restaurants in the Valley, and hiking or rollerblading around town. Briana is very happy to have made Arizona home!

Hide bio