Response team officers from Cleveland Police got more than they bargained for in the early hours of this morning after responding to a call regarding a road traffic collision (RTC).
An emergency trip to the vets led to the pup being born in the back of a police van at around 04:30 hours this morning (Tuesday 22nd December).
The Chihuahua pup has now been named ‘Bobby’ and is said to be settling in at home with his four siblings.
The unexpected delivery unfolded after response team officers made their way to the scene of the RTC in Brotton.
When the officers arrived, it became clear that nobody had been injured.
But the officers found that one of the drivers was on their way to the emergency vets with their Chihuahua, named Perdy, who was struggling to give birth due to a breach puppy.
Realising the severity of the situation, the officers put Perdy in the back of the police van, along with her owner, and made their way to a local emergency vet.
But, one keen puppy couldn’t wait around and was born in the police van whilst on their way there.
The pup, who is now named ‘Bobby’, is recovering well from his dramatic entrance to the world alongside his four siblings.
Perdy’s owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said:
“I couldn’t have done it without the officers.
“They were marvellous, and they went above and beyond to help me.
“Not only did they rescue my dog and save her life, they also saved the lives of her five puppies. It was fantastic and I can’t thank them enough.”
One of the attending officers, PC Rebecca McKenna, said:
“These puppies were likely not to make it if we didn’t get the dog to the vets quickly, so with the owners’ vehicle damaged due to the collision, we took it upon ourselves to rush the dog and owner to the vet.
“It was a first for us to have had a pup born in the police van, and it is great that five pups made it safely. We were really pleased to have been able to help.”
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