Update 12/4/13: Tascha has been granted permission to remain with her family.
For the past six years, a devoted dog named "Tascha," has faithfully watched over a child who has spent his life in a vegetative state and today, authorities in Germany have threatened to put the dog down, reported the Daily Mail.
Tascha's troubles began after she got into a squabble with another dog who was injured in the fight.
Following the incident, officials deemed Tascha a "dangerous dog," and ordered that she either be moved out of the family's home, or destroyed.
Dylan Gerzmehle's family, as well as his doctors, are opposed to removing Tascha, citing her calming effect on the boy and her unfailing devotion.
Dylan's father stated:
Whenever the dog is with him, our son responds. He is happy,'
'His breathing becomes quieter, his heart rate falls. That could only be because of this dog.'
Thousand of people from across the globe are rallying behind Tascha and Dylan - hoping to keep the pair together.
Currently, over 185,000 supporters follow the Facebook page which was established to fight the dangerous dog ruling and the potential canine death sentence.
Prior to the feud between Tascha and a neighbor's dog, there were no problems on record with the dog. Tascha is altered, licensed, trained and has been through temperament tests...adding insult to injury, she allegedly did not start the fight with the other dog, who is expected to make a full recovery.
If Tascha was a Cocker spaniel or Labrador retriever, there likely would not be a problem, but the family resides in the small town of Schonwalde in Brandenburg, where a dangerous dog breed law, which forbids dogs like Tascha, is on the books.
Unfortunately, now that there is a "fight" on the books, officials feel that it is their clear cut right and duty to get rid of her.
There may be hope for Tascha...if her family can prove that she is a therapy dog; the family is supposed to meet with the mayor to see if something can be done to keep the dog, and her boy, together.
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