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Cloned puppies arrive in UK

Friday August 5th 2016

A couple who cloned their pet dog have brought his puppies home.

Richard Remde loved their boxer Dylan so much they spent £67,000 on a cloning process in South Korea after he died from a brain tumour.

The couple had sent cells from Dylan to the South Korean Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in Seoul where his DNA was extracted to produce two identical puppies.

The pooch's DNA was implanted into a blank egg, which was then given electric shocks to trigger cell division and eventually implanted into a surrogate dog.

The pair were thrilled when they found out three months later that the surrogate was pregnant.

The couple also made several trips to the country to see the puppies and said that while some might spend the money on sports cars or holidays, they preferred to spend it on the pups.

Mr Remde and Ms Jacques had been devastated when Dylan died and had even considered having him stuffed.

Ms Jacques told ITV's Real Stories With Ranvir Singh: "I started thinking 'what am I going to do?' and I looked into getting him stuffed, which sounds awful but I didn't want to part with him.

"I couldn't bear the thought of never being able to see him again and I searched dog cloning and I sent Richard a message saying: 'We can get him stuffed for two grand or cloned for sixty grand.'"

Copyright Press Association 2016