Service Dog Gives Birth To Puppies In Tampa International Airport

Service Dog Gives Birth To Puppies In Tampa International Airport

A service dog named Eleanor Rigby - also know as "Ellie" - was waiting for a flight at Tampa International Airport on Friday when she suddenly went into labor.

Emily Nipps, A spokeswoman for the airport, said: "I've never seen anything like this in an airport, or otherwise".

Ellie's owner was right by her side as the two-year-old Labrador retriever gave birth unexpectedly to a litter of eight, include seven male puppies and one female puppy.

And yes, the two women have since missed their flight to Philly. "That's all", said Diane Van Atter, owner of Ellie the service dog.

Eleanor Rigby was about to board a flight when her owner realised she was going into labour.

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The Tampa Fire Department also showed up to assist and all eight puppies and mom are now doing well. Tampa International Airport wrote on its Facebook page. "Every time she's ready to deliver another one he starts jumping around".

The puppies aren't allowed to fly for another eight weeks so Van Atter said she will drive home with them.

No planes were delayed and all the puppies were successfully delivered.

So far, Ellie has delivered five boys.

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