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Numerous complaints about St. Petersburg home with bees

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A massive swarm of 100,000 Africanized killer bees have been removed from a St. Pete home. 

The deadly bugs killed a pit bull and left another severely injured on Thursday.

RELATED STORY: Dog killed, another injured by bees in St Pete

But this isn't the first time the city has had problems with these homeowners.

At around 11:30 Thursday morning, St. Pete police say a swarm of Africanized killer bees attacked two pit bulls along 23rd avenue.

One of the pit bulls, named ‘Boss', was killed. The other, now known as 'Bee', is still seeking treatment at a nearby animal hospital.

An expert discovered the deadly critters originated from a hive in the attic of a home, and it contained nearly 100,000 killer bees!

The expert returned that night to safely remove the threat.

RELATED STORY: 100,000 killer bees removed from St Pete home

But the home has a huge mess, and neighbors have certainly noticed.

Neighbor Tukevia Smith said, "It's horrible down there. It's been that way for years. We've made multiple complaints to the city, nothing has changed."

The city of St. Pete has certainly tried.

We spoke to an official with the Codes Compliance Assistance Department. He said the city has filed numerous code violations against the owners for the past few years.

St. Petersburg has issued around $6,700 worth of liens on the property in that time, all to no avail.

The homeowners have been taken to court over it, and on at least one occasion, homeowner Don Burns was arrested for failing to comply.

But the mess is still there.

News Channel 8 got in touch with Don Burns. He said he plans to have the mess cleaned up over the weekend.

In an interview on Thursday, homeowner Shirley Burns said she didn't know about the hive on the other side of the home.

Burns said, "We're really friendly, good loving people. I don't cause no trouble, I try to get along with everybody. But this is just an incident that happened."

The city is now in the process of filing an injunction against the homeowners that would allow the city permission to send crews to remove the mess.

The homeowners would be responsible for the costs and those fees will be in addition to the nearly $7,000 worth of liens filed against them.

Officials say no criminal charges are being filed.

In the meantime, ‘Bee' the pit bull is showing remarkable progress. She's being treated at the VCA Noah's Place Animal Medical Center. Up until now, we've known her as 'Mama', but now doctors have affectionately named her 'Bee'.

On Thursday they were worried she wouldn't make it. By Friday, she was walking around.

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