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Monterey Park police dog injured by swarm of bees

MONTEREY PARK — A police dog that was attacked by a swarm of bees while helping chase burglary suspects is recovering and the police union put out a call for donations to help cover the animal’s care.

Robin, a 3-year-old female Belgian Malinois who has been a police service dog for four months, was seriously injured May 9 while helping officers locate a pair of residential burglary suspects, according to the Monterey Park Police Officers Association.

Robin located one of the suspects, who was taken into custody. As the dog and her handler searched for the second suspect, they were both attacked by a swarm of bees.

Robin was stung more than 100 times and taken to a veterinarian emergency room. The dog went into anaphylactic shock and underwent an emergency blood transfusion, according to the union. The dog’s liver and lungs suffered severe damage, and she will require extensive medical care, union officials said.

The union asked that anyone willing to make donations forward them to the Monterey Park Police Officers Association at the Monterey Park Police Department at 320 W. Newmark Ave., Monterey Park, 91754.