Service dog gives birth to 8 puppies at Tampa Airport gate

Airline passengers were treated to a special delivery at Tampa International Airport on Friday.

The Tampa Bay Times reports 2-year-old golden retriever Eleanor Rigby- Ellie for short, went into labor at Gate F-81.

The puppies, their parents, and humans missed the flight.

Van Atter said she has mobility and pain issues, Nipps said, and the dogs were service dogs, though Eleanor Rigby was still in training.

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


'An air traveler's service dog is delivering puppies now, ' the department wrote in a post shared on Twitter.

"All of sudden, she started shaking and her tail went up".

The mom-to-be was waiting with her owner, Diane Van Atter, and the puppies' father, Golden Nugget, to fly home from Florida when the babies began to arrive, according to tweets from Tampa Fire Rescue. "We have seven boys and one girl. which was the last puppy", said Van Atter.

Van Atter said she knew her dog was pregnant, but they did not know how close to giving birth she was. They now plan to drive from Tampa to Philadelphia - roughly 1,000 miles - with their 10 dogs, the Miami Herald reported.

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