When police arrived to take away Darla, Maddison locked herself in the bathroom, along with Darla, in an effort to hold onto her. Authorities managed to wrest the dog away from her, taking Darla to an undisclosed location where visits are not permitted.
In the days since losing her dog, Maddison's efforts have included making signs and waving placards, and at least one ill-fated effort to climb a tree. According to her mother, Jenny Armer, the loss of her dog has taken a terrible toll.
"As people are aware, Darla is Maddison's dog, and she is really suffering without her," Jenni wrote in a Facebook post. "She's become withdrawn and very quiet, which is my biggest concern. She also isn't eating or sleeping much at all."