Ellie’s owner believe the bees came from a neighboring yard that contains several hives

By Kelli Bender
Updated May 31, 2016 09:49 PM

Even an army of bees isn’t a match for Ellie’s overflowing enthusiasm.

On Friday, the chocolate Labrador puppy found herself in a swarm of bees while playing in the yard of her La Habra, California, home. Before Ellie could escape the insects, she was stung 155 times, leading to an emergency visit to the veterinarian, reports ABC7.

Getting the pup away from the bees was a terrifying task for handler Chad Portugal and his friend Zackery Martinez.

“Me and him, both, put on these big polo jackets, and we went out there, and there were just too many,” said Martinez. “There was a swarm around the gate when we were trying to open it, so we had to actually run from the bees.”

Eventually, the pair were able to rescue the canine, sustaining several stings themselves.

Once at the vet, all 155 stingers were removed from Ellie, who is recuperating well given the ordeal she went through.

Her owner believes the bees came from a neighbor who keeps bee hives in his backyard that are managed by bee keepers.

“We asked for the bees to be removed because we don’t know when it’s going to happen again,” said Ellie’s owner Michael Schiotis. “We just want to know we’re safe in our backyard, so as of now, they have been removed.”