Dog gives birth in back of Prescott Valley police car

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -- A Prescott Valley police officer got a little surprise Friday when a dog gave birth in the back of his patrol car.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m., the officer was dispatched to a home where a woman had been watching a pit bull named Dutchess. She told the officer that the owners had never returned to pick up the dog.

According to Sgt. Brandon Bonney with the Prescott Valley Police Department, the officer observed that Dutchess appeared to be pregnant, but the woman told him she wasn't.

The officer transported the dog to the police station to be impounded and was surprised to find that Dutchess had given birth to a male puppy during the ride.

The officer helped the new mom to a kennel and brought the puppy to her. While in the kennel, Dutchess gave birth to another puppy.

Dutchess was taken to the Yavapai Humane Society to be impounded and receive additional care for her and her puppies. It is unknown how many puppies she had in the litter.

Bonney said attempts to contact the dog's reported owner are ongoing.