Service Dog Gives Birth to 8 Puppies at Florida Airport Gate

A service dog went into labor and delivered eight puppies in the middle of a terminal at Tampa International Airport on Friday.

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

The service dog, a two year old lab named Ellie, ended up giving birth to seven puppies - six boys and one girl.

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

The puppies, their parents, and humans missed the flight. "She was going up to people and saying hello".

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Tampa Fire Rescue paramedics and a nurse assisted with the delivery.

Van Atter said people from all over came over to help, and thankfully she had packed towels just in case.

She and her owner were on their way to Philadelphia when Ellie went into labor. They now plan to drive from Tampa to Philadelphia - roughly 1,000 miles - with their 10 dogs, the Miami Herald reported.

Ellie, who was pregnant with 8 puppies, gave birth one-by-one with the puppies' dad, Nugget, also Van Atter's dog, right by her side.

  • Ronnie Bowen