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Last Updated: Thursday January 20 2005 12:01 GMT

Record-breaking litter of puppies

Tia the mastiff gave birth to 24 puppies

Lots of people would be happy to have a puppy or two in their house, but imagine 24 of them arriving at once.

That's what happened to the owners of two-year-old Tia the mastiff when she gave birth to a litter of 24 puppies.

Sadly four of the pups died, but the ones that survived - which are now seven weeks old - are thought to be worth about 1,000 each.

Guinness World Records said the current world best is a litter of 23 and added that they plan to contact Tia's owners.

The puppies will be a much bigger problem when they're older, becasue they'll all be around 2ft tall and weigh up to 13 stone.

Tia's owner Damian Ward said: Mr Ward said: "She certainly surprised us. When she went in for the caesarean I thought we would lose her and the pups.

"I was in shock for about two weeks. I was just a feeding robot," he added.

Tia is likely to set two world records - for biggest litter and most surviving puppies.

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