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Service dog gives birth in Tampa airport

Service dog gives birth in Tampa airport

A service dog gave birth to eight puppies 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 puppies, their parents, and humans missed the flight. "That's all", said Diane Van Atter, owner of Ellie the service dog. "She was going up to people and saying hello".

Van Atter says she will be donating one of the puppies to a children's service dog charity. "Every time she's ready to deliver another one he starts jumping around".

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It outlawed all abortions until 2014, when the procedure started being allowed in rare cases when a woman's life was in danger. Varadkar said he hoped the law to allow abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy would be in place by the end of the year.

Tampa Fire & Rescue's Aircraft Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) paramedics were on hand to help with the unusual delivery.

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.

Van Atter said she knew her dog was pregnant, but they did not know how close to giving birth she was.

So far, Ellie has delivered five boys. Airlines don't generally allow pups to fly until they are 8 weeks old, so the family will have to find another way there - with 10 dogs instead of two.


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