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Chetumal police dog Bak dies in the line of duty from bee attack during customs inspection

Chetumal, Q.R. — A police dog in Chetumal has died after being stung by bees. On Thursday, Horacio Duarte Olivares, head of the National Customs Agency of Mexico announced the death of Bak after the dog and his handler were attacked by a swarm of bees.

Bak was a member of the canine binomial of the National Customs Agency of Mexico (ANAM) and was attacked by bees while conducting an inspection at the Subteniente López customs office on the border with Belize.

Other officers pulled Bak to safety, but he died. In a social media post, Durate said “day after day we put body and soul into our work. At the Subteniente López Customs in Quintana Roo, a bee attack was recorded against our canine sensor and its handler.”

In a short video, the agency reported that officer Mario Vázquez Pérez, “in a heroic act of camaraderie” put his own life at risk to rescue Bak. “We will remember him for his loyalty and his service to the nation,” they said in their dedication to him.