A woman has slammed vets who turned her dog away when it was vomiting blood after an attack – by a swarm of angry bees.
Janette Lands’ poodle cross Lilly was stung dozens of times by the deadly swarm after she jumped on top of a fallen bee hive while on a walk.
The 56-year-old, from Lingfield, Surrey, watched as an angry swarm erupted from the hive and latched onto beloved Lilly, but when she was rushed to the vet, they sent her home – when she was still vomiting blood.
Janette said: “It seemed we were in the middle of a horror movie.
“The children scattered, we were being chased and stung. My dog was screaming and covered in bees.
“The vet said everything should be fine but just before that he’d been saying he’d never seen anything like it so I don’t know what he based that on.”
In the panic, Janette tried to use a sling to bat the bees off Lilly but they continued to smother and sting the dog and her hands.
Lilly was then taken to an out-of-hours vet and who told the distraught family that her treasured pet was unlikely to survive. She sadly then died during the night.
Janette, from Lingfield, Surrey, has now slammed the Blackberry Vet practice in the village believing that her pet could have survived if she hadn’t been sent away.
She said: “I think whatever the outcome, we would have felt she had a chance if she had continued to be treated at Blackberry Vets. She was vomiting blood and had diarrhea with blood in it.
In total the family spent £300 for Lilly’s treatment at Blackberry Vets and a following £500 for the treatment and cremation at nearby East Grinstead Veterinary Hospital.
Husband Steve, 59, added: “We just think, with the amount of money you pay for vet bills, you expect the service to be amazing.
“To be honest, I don’t think Lilly would have survived because she was stung so much but she would have had a better chance if she’d stayed at Blackberry.”
Blackberry Vets have been contacted for a comment.