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5 puppies -- 3 of them dead -- found tied to tree near beehive

June 8, 2012 | 12:21 pm

Buzz, left, and Woody after emergency care.
San Diego County Animal Services officers are investigating a possible case of animal cruelty involving five puppies tied to a tree -- and directly beneath a beehive -- in Fallbrook.

Three of the dogs were found dead by firefighters from Cal Fire responding to a "suspicious" brushfire May 31 about 25 feet from the tree. The two surviving dogs had sustained multiple bee stings and are in critical condition at an emergency veterinary clinic, officials said.

Investigators are trying to determine if someone tied the dogs to the tree and then abandoned them. Cal Fire is investigating the cause of the fire.

A Rottweiler and two Jack Russell terriers were found dead. A Jack Russell terrier and a Chihuahua mix survived but each was stung dozens of times. All five dogs were estimated to be about 5 months old.

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Photo: Buzz, left, and Woody after emergency care. Credit: San Diego County Animal Services

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