Unexpected airport arrival: Dog gives birth at Tampa International

A service dog named Ellie which is short for Eleanor Rigby went into labor and delivered eight puppies in the middle of a terminal at Tampa International Airport on Friday
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29 May, 2018

The mom-to-be was waiting with her owner, Diane Van Atter, and the puppies' father, Golden Nugget, to fly home from Florida when the babies began to arrive, according to tweets from Tampa Fire Rescue.

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

Ellie's job is normally to service her owner, but on Friday, she was the center of attention outside a bar near the F gates. Eleanor Rigby, a golden retriever service dog, was about to board a plane to...

"The unusual scene drew quite a crowd outside of the Gasparilla Bar at TIA's Airside F. Officers, airport employees, and passengers all paused to watch the pups" arrival. (Tampa Fire & Rescue/ Twitter) The adorable pups were all delivered safe and sound.

"The Fire Department was a wonderful help They really were", added Van Atter.

The owner of the service dog Paramedic Larry Glanton an unidentified woman and Lt Natalie Brown smile for the camera after Ellie delivered all eight of the pups
Service dog gives birth to 8 puppies at Florida airport gate

"That's the only little girl we have".

So far, Ellie has delivered five boys.

Yes, the litter missed the flight.

Both Eleanor Rigby and Golden Nugget are service dogs to Van Atter, who suffers from mobility and pain issues, an airport spokeswoman told the publication.

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