A mother from Lancashire has launched an appeal for help bring home her family's pet dog after it was taken away by police.
Officers seized the animal believing it to be a banned pit bull terrier – but Jenny Armer, 29, says it is a Sharpei Staffie cross, with an extremely gentle nature.
The dog, named Darla, is close to Ms Armer's seven-year-old daughter Maddison, who has autism and ADHD.
"Darla is her best friend and she has a connection with her that she has with no one else," said Ms Armer. "She's helped her through so much. Darla being gone is causing her so much upset."
Speaking to the Lancaster Guardian, she added: "I was given the option to put [Darla] to sleep and kill her or go to court and fight this and this is what I'm going to do, despite the risk of prison. I've been told I will only be prosecuted if I had known she was a pit bull type when I bought her.
"I have launched a donation page to raise the £5k needed to fight for Darla's life in court, and have also set up a petition to help get Darla home."
The crowdfunding campaign has raised £1,720 at time of writing, and the petition has been signed by close to 14,000 people.
"Everyone in the community is behind us," Ms Armer told the Daily Mirror. "People have been knocking on the door to give support.
"It is really upsetting, Maddison doesn't understand what has happened."
"She is not a dangerous dog. I am a qualified nursery nurse and I would never put any child in danger. Darla has been assessed and I've been told she has bull features.
"I need to get [Maddison's] dog home. Darla is scared of birds and she is the most friendly dog ever. She is not a pit bull dog."
Lancashire Police have been approached for comment.