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Service Dog Gives Birth to 8 Puppies at Florida Airport Gate

Service Dog Gives Birth to 8 Puppies at Florida Airport Gate”

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

Tampa International Airport had a special delivery Friday from a service dog named Eleanor Rigby.

Diane Van Atter said her 2-year-old golden retriever, Ellie, went into labor unexpectedly as they were waiting to board a flight home to Philadelphia.

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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' father, a yellow lab named Nugget who is also a service dog, was also at the airport at the time of the birth.

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

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Fortunately, Tampa Fire & Rescue's Aircraft Rescue Firefighters paramedics were close by to help out with the canine delivery. "We have seven boys and one girl. which was the last puppy", said Van Atter.

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.

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