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Swarm of bees kills small dog in California

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According to Sunday's ABC News 10, a dog died after being stung countless times by an aggressive swarm of bees in Pacific Beach, Calif., earlier this month.

Pepita, nine-year-old Chihuahua, was being cared for by Christopher Leyva at a residence located on the 3600 block of Yosemite Street when the terrifying incident took place. Leyva described the June 9 attack to ABC 10 News:

All of a sudden the other two dogs are attacked,"

"They're like covered in bees. They're flying around.

Though Pepita was rushed to a veterinarian for care, the overwhelming number of stings proved to be fatal - in fact, the veterinarian noted that there were "too many stingers to count."

Africanized bees are believed to be responsible for Pepita's death - a scientist informed ABC News 10 that approximately 80 percent of the bees in the San Diego County area are believed to be "Africanized."

Each year, aggressive bees, which swarm their victims, are blamed for deaths - on May 2013, an experienced hiker and his dog died after being attacked by a swarm of bees in Tucson, Ariz. In July 2013, a dog who was chained in a yard in North Carolina was unable to escape when hundreds of bees attacked, and in September 2013, a 60-pound dog, who was in her own yard, died after a swarm descended on her from a nearby hive.

The so-called "Africanized killer bees," are believed to be responsible for the various deadly attacks which take place across areas in the southern portions of the nation, rather than the less aggressive European bees.

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