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Couple spent £67,000 cloning their beloved dead dog and now have 2 pups

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Dog cloning may be controversial, but for one British couple it's led to the best news ever (WATCH)

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A British couple resorted to extreme measures to get over the grief of losing their beloved pet boxer dog Dylan, who died of a brain tumour at the age of 8 last June.

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Richard Remde, 43, and Laura Jacques, 29, from West Yorkshire paid £67,000 to have Dylan cloned, using the services of the controversial Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea, which is the only laboratory in the world to offer a commercial dog-cloning service.

The couple are now celebrating the "miracle" birth of two puppies cloned using Dylan’s DNA.

Chance was born on Boxing Day by cesarean section, and Shadow followed naturally on Dec. 28. According to The Guardian, both cloned puppies are healthy, bonding with their surrogate mothers and have markings identical to Dylan’s.

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A Twitter account called WeLovedDylan has been created to document the progress of Chance and Shadow, who have made scientific history by being cloned from a dead dog almost two weeks after it died. The previous limit for dog cloning was five days after death.

Jacques told The Guardian that she and Remde were overwhelmed after witnessing the first birth by cesarean section on Saturday in the operating theatre at Sooam.

"The whole thing just feels surreal", she said. "I lost all sense of time. I have no idea how long everything took, the whole thing made me feel very disoriented. I was just clinging on to Richard for about an hour and a half after Chance was born.

"After they got him out I still couldn’t quite believe it had happened. But once he started making noises I knew it was real. Even as a puppy of just a few minutes old I can’t believe how much he looks like Dylan. All the colourings and patterns on his body are in exactly the same places as Dylan had them.

"I had had Dylan since he was a puppy", she added. "I mothered him so much, he was my baby, my child, my entire world".

Due to quarantine restrictions, the couple can’t bring their Chance and Shadow home until next July, at which point they hope to also bring back the two surrogate mother dogs and adopt them as part of the family.

To date, Sooam has produced more than 700 dogs for commercial customers via a technique that involves implanting DNA into a blank dog egg with the nucleus removed.

Although there are currently no regulations on the cloning of pets, the cloning of human beings is illegal, and in August the European parliament voted to outlaw the cloning of farm animals.

A spokesperson from the RSPCA expressed concern about dog cloning, telling The Guardian: "There are serious ethical and welfare concerns relating to the application of cloning technology to animals. Cloning animals requires procedures that cause pain and distress, with extremely high failure and mortality rates. There is also a body of evidence that cloned animals frequently suffer physical ailments such as tumours, pneumonia and abnormal growth patterns".

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