Photo courtesy City of Monterey Park.
Photo courtesy City of Monterey Park.

A Monterey Park police dog that was attacked by a swarm of bees while helping chase burglary suspects was in stable but guarded condition Wednesday, but authorities said she is improving.

Robin, a 3-year-old female Belgian Malinois who has been a police service dog for four months, was seriously injured Saturday 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. Robin 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.

Police said Robin’s platelet count is still low but she is improving.

The police officers’ union put out a call for donations in hopes of raising funds for Robin’s care. As of this morning, more than $17,000 had been raised — more than the union was hoping to raise.

City News Service

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