Dog who faced eviction from his home over town law banning pit bulls can stay

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Even after two veterinarians declared the Internet’s beloved dog Diggy, an American Bulldog, thus exempting the smiling pooch from eviction because of a law banning pit bulls, the contentious case against Diggy went on for months. Finally, on Tuesday, Diggy won!

According to the Detroit Dog Rescue’s announcement on their Facebook page, Diggy will remain in Waterford, Michigan with his family Dan and Megan, thanks to the continuing efforts of the city officials, the legal team and thousands of supporters.

“I’m overjoyed to know that Diggy will be spending the rest of his life where he belongs -with his family. I can’t thank Dan and Megan enough for loving him as much as we do at DDR. I think the whole world loves Diggy! We, at DDR, are thrilled that we were able to help him find his way to a happy forever. Diggy’s road to forever was a combination of so many great people working together and that’s what rescuing dogs is all about.” stated Detroit Dog Rescue Director, Kristina Rinaldi.

For anyone not familiar with the adorable, smiling dog and his equally as happy human,  Dan Tillery adopted Diggy from the Detroit Dog Rescue after he had been at the shelter for almost 100 days. A photo of Diggy smiling with Tillery at his new home quickly went viral over the Internet. Before Diggy’s adoption, local animal control and veterinary paperwork classified Diggy as an American bulldog. Then came the fly in the ointment when a few unhappy people complained about Diggy’s photo – stating the dog looked like a pit bull breed, and therefore was banned from the city by an existing city ordinance prohibiting all pit bulls in the community.

When city officials “made a visual identification on Diggy and classified him as a pit bull,” the fur began to fly; even after an independent Waterford veterinarian determined the dog to be an American Bulldog, and that paperwork had previously been submitted to city officials. Imagine the rescue and the veterinarian’s chagrin when the city stated they were “skeptical to believe veterinarians now, because they think any vet would just want Diggy to stay in a good home.”

And then came the happiest news of the day when Dan Tillery posted the following on his Facebook page:

“Thanks for all of the support everybody! We did it. Thanks Kristina Millman-Rinaldi and Detroit Dog Rescue for sticking with us throughout this process. Thank you Bobby Murkowski and Miller Canfield for the Great Job done! Thanks to everyone involved. We get to keep our boy. He’s a good boy.”

As has been repeated by several media sources, “Diggy fought the law and Diggy won!” Live a long and happy life Diggy.

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4 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    I HATE these ridiculous BSL laws that make no sense whatsoever. #1 – the wrong species is being punished for what humans have done to them. These so called ‘gangstas’ and dogfighters who force and abuse pit bulls in order to make them aggressive are the criminals and little to nothing is done to them. These are the sewer slime that should be euthanized. Pit bulls are great dogs and they sure weren’t born aggressive – Diggy is one fine example of what a Pit bull is.

  2. maxiemom says:

    These laws are immoral to begin with. However, this furor over Diggy should never have happened. When two vets tell them that he’s an American bulldog, they should be believed. Those vets know more than the idiots who simply look at a dog and decide that he’s a pit bull, and their word should have been the end of it. It is also obvious to anyone who knows anything about dogs when they look at Diggy that he IS an American Bulldog, and the people who chose to decide otherwise are nincompoops.


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