Since then, Anthony's mother Monica Alboniga has been fighting in court for her son's right to take Stevie to class. She feared that the school's strict rules regarding service animals would get her son expelled.
"I feel completely safe every time he is with the dog, because I know the dog will look for help," said Alboniga. "When Anthony is having convulsions, [Stevie] starts barking and goes looking for us. Then he goes back to Anthony and stays with him."
Among the rules put in place by the school required Alboniga to pay for a "handler" to accompany Stevie and Anthony - a requirement so prohibitively expensive, her lawyer called it "an impossible barrier."