Tramp’s doctors at the Alta Vista Veterinary Hospital say it’s a miracle that he’s even alive.
They 18-week-old pup suffered more than 400 bee stings, and they’ve pulled out all the stingers to prove it. That’s more than enough, Dr. Cynthia Jones told Phoenix’s KPHO/KTVK, to kill more than 50 percent of dogs his size.”
She added she’d never seen a case this bad.
“He was having muscle tremors all over the place,” she said. “It looked almost like he was having seizures.”
Tramp’s bee saga began when his owner, Jeremy DeNoyer, let him and an older dog named Lady outside.
“My smallest dog, Tramp, was yelping,” DeNoyer told reporters. “I figured he just wanted to come inside. And when I saw him, I opened up the curtains and [saw] he was just swarmed by hundreds of bees.
That’s when he jumped into action.
“I got 2 or 3 feet outside and was just hit myself.”
Swarmed by bees himself, DeNoyer barricaded himself in a laundry room, unable to help his dogs.
“I was just trying to help my baby and I couldn’t even get to him,” DeNoyer said, adding that he’s still afraid to go near the house where the hive had been built. “It is just a vivid flashback of being attacked by a wall of stings,” he said.
Firefighters were able to foam down both homes. DeNoyer had more than 20 stings. Lady had 50. And Tramp suffered more than 400.
Vets believe Tramp, who is still on medication, will pull through.
“I don’t ever want to see another bee again,” DeNoyer said.
A GoFundMe account had been set up to help cover Tramp’s vet bills and at press time, we are happy to report, it was $55 over it’s $3,000 goal.