Boy in Coma Could Lose Dog That Comforts Himthe daily dish
A 10-year-old German boy who has been in a coma since birth may lose access to the dog that has been by his side for six years because authorities say the dog is dangerous, but a supportive public is calling for the dog to stay with the boy.
Dylan Gerzmehle was born in a persistent vegetative state. Although Dylan can't breathe without the assistance of medical equipment, he has found a best friend in Tascha, the 6-year-old Pit Bull who stays by Dylan's side.
"When Tascha lies by him, the boy becomes much calmer and his pulse and breathing relax," said Dylan's father, Eckhard Gerzmehle.
Problems began to arise for Tascha when the Gerzmehles moved from Berlin to Brandenburg two years ago. Brandenburg has strict policies forbidding Pit Bulls. Tascha might have gone unnoticed by authorities but for an incident in which she bit another dog. Now the state wants to confiscate Tascha, deeming her a dangerous animal.
As news of Tascha's situation spread, a growing number of supporters demanded that the dog be allowed to stay with Dylan, who clearly benefits from her presence. A petition on Change.org has accrued nearly 100,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning, and a Facebook page in support of Dylan and Tascha has almost 200,000 followers.
Bodo Oehme, the mayor of the town where the Gerzmehles live, has said that the law is very clear and leaves little room for negotiation, but that exceptions have been made in cases involving disabled people and their dogs.
"The decision over Tascha's future will ... soon be reached," Oehme said.
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