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Sixteenth dalmatian gives birth to 16 dalmatians

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A dalmatian bitch born in a huge and rare litter of 16 puppies has proved lightning can strike twice – after she also gave birth to 16 beautiful spotted pups.

A dalmatian bitch born in a huge and rare litter of 16 puppies has proved lightning can strike twice – after she also gave birth to 16 beautiful spotted pups.

Milly's new arrivals were delivered at Newlands Veterinary Clinic in Ludlow six weeks ago and are now being cared for at the home of Lisa and Terry Elvins, near Church Stretton, before they are sold on to new homes.

Milly was part of a 16-strong litter born six years ago at Annscroft, near Shrewsbury.

It is an amazing coincidence, as it is very rare for dalmatians to have such large litters.

Lisa Elvins, who is caring for all the dogs at her home in Hollyhurst, said vets could not believe the size of the haul of puppies when they performed a caesarian operation on Milly.

She said the family, including her husband and three daughters Becky, 21, Lucy, 18 and Sarah, 11, were all hard at work caring for the puppies and had already decided to keep one, which they have named Maisie.

Mrs Elvins said: "During the caesarian the vet pulled out eight puppies and gave a sigh, so we thought that was it – but there were still eight more to go. The vets were amazed.

"It's really unusual to have so many puppies in one litter and the Kennel Club actually don't believe us – we have had to get a signed letter from the vet confirming it was 16 puppies in one letter so they can all be registered.

"It's all the more amazing as the bitch Milly was one of 16 puppies herself."

To enquire about taking one of the pups, call 07779 096428.

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