Service dog gives birth to puppies in Tampa International Airport

Eleanor Rigby, a golden retriever service dog, went into labour as she prepared to board a flight at Tampa International Airport on Friday local time.

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

And even though they missed their flight, Van Atter is going hom e with some special souvenirs born in the Sunshine State.

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

"I have to go, the father is getting excited", she said.

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The puppies' father, a service dog named Nugget, was among the onlookers at the airport.

Van Atter said she knew her dog was pregnant, but they did not know how close to giving birth she was. "Every time she's ready to deliver another one he starts jumping around".

No planes were delayed and all the puppies were successfully delivered. The owners told reporters they planned to get some rest before driving the new pup family to Pennsylvania.

Paramedics Larry Glanton and Lt Natalie Brown patiently delivered seven male pups, before the arrival - a little girl.