Let no law come between a boy and his pig.
Especially when she's a pig named Maggie giving life-changing emotional support to a boy with Asperger's syndrome.
At least that's what a family in Chandler, Arizona, is hoping, after officials ordered 9-year-old Julian Gil to surrender his stalwart sow.
Citing a law that makes it illegal to own "livestock" in a residential area, the city is giving Gil ten days to say goodbye to his best friend.
Separation would be devastating, Arlene Gil, Julian's mom, tells The Dodo.
"She makes me happy," he told her recently. "More happy than if someone gave me a flower.'' Maggie and Julian even star on their own Facebook page, with nearly 2,000 people following their adventures.