Service dog goes into labor at Tampa International Airport

29 May, 2018, 15:25 | Author: Kathy Ellis
  • Yellow lab gives birth to eight puppies

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

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

According to Tampa Fire Rescue, a traveler's service dog started delivering the puppies around 1 p.m. Firefighters were called to the airport to help with the birth. Luckily for Ellie, a team of paramedics were on hand to give her a hand.

Most arrivals at Tampa International Airport are expected.but not these. Tampa International Airport wrote on its Facebook page.

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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.

Van Atter says she will be donating one of the puppies to a children's service dog charity. The women said that they knew "Ellie" the yellow Lab was pregnant, but they were not aware of how close she apparently was to giving birth. Proud papa "Nugget' was looking on, too". (Tampa International Airport/ Facebook) It was a tough day for the new mum.

"They were there. It took a couple of hours", said Jason Penny, Tampa Fire Rescue.

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