Service dog gives birth to 8 puppies at Florida airport gate

Yellow lab gives birth to eight puppies

Airline passengers were treated to a special delivery at Tampa International Airport on Friday.

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

The team documented the birth on Twitter, using the hashtag #AirportPuppies.

A service dog delivered a healthy litter of puppies at Tampa International Airport, Florida, after going into labor as she waited to board a Philadelphia-bound flight with her owner.

Tampa Fire Rescue arrived to help deliver the pups right in the middle of the terminal in front of Gate 80.

The family, the puppies and the parents missed the flight.

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.

"All of sudden, she started shaking and her tail went up". They now plan to drive from Tampa to Philadelphia - roughly 1,000 miles - with their 10 dogs, the Miami Herald reported.

Paramedics Larry Glanton and lt Natalie Brown delivered seven male pups and a little girl, with proud dad Nugget (also a service dog) by Ellie's side throughout.

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