Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Service dog gives birth in Tampa airport

Service dog gives birth in Tampa airport

"I've never seen anything like this in an airport, or otherwise", she said.

Friday was an exciting day for travelers at Tampa International Airport who got to witness a dog give birth to puppies.

The puppies were delivered with assistance from Tampa Fire Rescue paramedics stationed at the airport, as well as a nurse who had to leave halfway though the delivery to catch her own flight.

The Tampa Bay Times reports 2-year-old golden retriever Eleanor Rigby went into labor at Gate F-81 and birthed eight puppies - seven males and a female.

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

Ellie and her owner were on the way to Philadelphia. but the puppies had other ideas.

Van Atter said she knew her dog was pregnant, but they did not know how close to giving birth she was. They are waiting for two more puppies.

It was hard to control the father of the puppies during the delivery.

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