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Service dog gives birth to puppies in Tampa International Airport

29 May, 2018, 15:27 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • A service dog named Ellie which is short for Eleanor Rigby went into labor and delivered eight puppies in the middle of a terminal at Tampa International Airport on Friday

It was an exciting day at Tampa's airport as a service dog went into labor.

- It's not exactly airmail, but a very special delivery just wrapped up at Tampa International Airport.

The 2-year-old golden retriever, Eleanor Rigby, owner Diane Van Atter, and the puppies' father, Golden Nugget, were waiting to board an afternoon flight home to Philadelphia when the dog went into labor.

Van Atter's stepmother, Karen James, told the Times that they knew the golden retriever was pregnant, but believed the excitement of being in the airport around so many new people might have triggered the early births.

"The unusual scene drew quite a crowd outside of the Gasparilla Bar at TIA's Airside F. Officers, airport employees, and passengers all paused to watch the pups" arrival.

With the help of paramedics, Ellie delivered eight puppies.

The owner of the service dog Paramedic Larry Glanton an unidentified woman and Lt Natalie Brown smile for the camera after Ellie delivered all eight of the pups

"They were there. It took a couple of hours", said Jason Penny, Tampa Fire Rescue.

Ellie - short for Eleanor Rigby - welcomed seven boys and one girl.

"It's absolutely something I will never forget and the airport will never forget", Van Atter added.

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

The father, Nugget, was also there for the big event.

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