Autistic Americus boy needs help to meet new best friend

Autistic Americus boy needs help to meet new best friend

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - An Americus boy with autism needs your help to meet his service dog.
 His mother raised enough money to pay for the dog; now they're looking for donations so they can travel to bring the dog home.

Ten year old Miles Jackson is autistic and has a love for dogs. When Jackson tried to hug a 200 lbs. Rottweiler in 2012, it attacked him leaving these marks on his face.

"A part of autism is he has no sense of self preservation, so within a month of having five hours of plastic surgery he already was not afraid of dogs anymore,"  said Brandy Herring, mother.

For two years, Herring has been working to get her son one of these dogs through, 4 Paws for Ability, an organization that provides assistance dogs for children with autism.

"It will be trained in behavior disruption and calming," said Brandy Herring.

It'll also provide companionship 24/7 for Miles. He's been approved to receive one of the dogs and already has fun plans for it.

" Take him for a walk and go get him some food," said Miles Jackson.

With the support from family and businesses in the community, Herring was able to raise enough money to get the dog.

" For this single mother to raise $13,200, in 9 months," said Brandy Herring.
Herring is now hoping to raise $2,000 for travel expenses to pick up the dog in Ohio in October and for its medical expenses. She's preparing to sell these items during her Magic Miles Yard Sale at this home Saturday on South Lee Street with the help of Eastside Baptist Church.

" I have been absolutely amazed at the outpouring of this community," said Brandy Herring.

Miles has already picked out a name for his dog.

" Spikey, Squirtle, Hunting, Dancing with the Wolf," said Miles Jackson.

The Yard Sale will start Satruday at 7 a.m. at 601 South Lee Street in Americus.

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