Laura Jacques and Richard Remde have used the DNA of their dead dog Dylan to create new puppies which will be born on Boxing Day
A couple have become the first in Britain to have their dead dog cloned and are due to collect their newborn puppies from South Korea on Boxing Day.
Laura Jacques and her partner, Richard Remde, from Yorkshire, were devastated when boxer Dylan died of a heart attack in June, aged eight, after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
But after learning that South Korean biotech firm Sooam had begun cloning dead dogs for £67,000 they decided to genetically engineer a copy.
Dylan had already been dead for 12 days when the couple managed to get a viable skin sample to the company, and scientists warned them that the technique had never worked on dogs who had been dead for more than five days.
However the procedure was a success, producing not just one but two puppy embryos. The dogs are due to be born to a surrogate on Boxing Day.