"I have to fight it because she is Maddison's best friend. She helps keep her calm. If Maddison is having problems, Darla comes and gets me."
After a period of observation and tests, authorities may also opt to put the 3-year-old dog on an exemption list.
A dog named Hank was given a similar reprieve last week, after he was seized from his family in Belfast, Northern Ireland - but not before an online petition garnered 300,000 signatures around the world.