It was not the Christmas miracle they would have expected, but police officers saw a Chihuahua give birth to a pup in their van after its owner was involved in crash.
Perdy had five pups but one, later named Bobby, was born as officers drove her and her owner to an emergency vet.
The pet drama began when the officers were called to the scene in Brotton, near Saltburn, at 04:30 GMT.
With no-one was injured in the crash, they decided on the trip the vet.
Perdy’s owner, who did not want to be named, said the officers went “above and beyond” to help, as she was struggling to give birth because one of the puppies was in breach.
‘A first for us’
“Not only did they rescue my Chihuahua pup and save her life, they also saved the lives of her five puppies. It was fantastic and I can’t thank them enough,” Perdy’s owner said.
PC Rebecca McKenna, one of the officers who attended, 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.”