Service dog gives birth to 8 puppies at Florida airport gate

29 May, 2018, 15:27 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • 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

The golden retriever service dog (whose full name is Eleanor Rigby) went into labour at Tampa International Airport.

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

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
Service dog gives birth to 8 puppies at Florida airport gate

Eleanor Rigby - nicknamed Ellie for short - was all set to board her flight to Philadelphia at Tampa International Airport when it became clear that a more pressing matter was underway.

Apart from the fire department, a professional nurse who was present at the airport also helped out, although she had to leave in the middle of the delivery because her flight was about to take off.

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Eleanor Rigby was about to board a flight when her owner realised she was going into labour. "That's all", said Diane Van Atter, owner of Ellie the service dog. Tampa International Airport wrote on its Facebook page.

"All of sudden, she started shaking and her tail went up". The owners told reporters they planned to get some rest before driving the new pup family to Pennsylvania. They were aware that Ellie was pregnant, but didn't realize how far along she was.

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