In 2016, a cute pup named Sir Wiggleton was picked up on the streets of Detroit, Michigan and brought to the Detroit Dog Rescue shelter. For about a hundred days the dog waited to be adopted by a loving family, and then Dan Tillery and his girlfriend, Megan, from Waterford Township came to the rescue.
They adopted the dog and renamed him Diggy.
“[My girlfriend and I] have been wanting a dog forever, but the place we were renting would not allow dogs,” Tiller told The Oakland Press. “We just recently purchased our first home. All ours. And dogs are allowed.”
Tillary was so excited about his new friend, he posted a photo of themselves on the shelter’s Facebook page and it quickly went viral. Since, it’s earned over 29,000 likes and nearly 7,000 shares.
Unfortunately, the Facebook post was so popular it caught the attention of the local police who believed Diggy was a pit bull, a breed that violates the community’s “dangerous dog” ordinance. So the Watership Township police paid a visit to Tillary’s new home.
“When they went to the gate [to] actually see him, he licked their face, was very kind,” Dan explained to WWJ. “They said, we’re dog lovers, that’s cool, he seems like a good boy. Took some pictures of him.”
Diggy’s adoption papers said he was an American bulldog, but the officers didn’t buy it. “It looks like a pit to me,’’ Lt. Todd Hasselbach of the Waterford Township Police told The Detroit News. “I’d write a ticket.”
Tillary would have just three days before he had to relocate his beloved Diggy or pay a $500 fine a face possible jail time. So he and his supporters launched a full-scale legal war against the city.
Over 10,000 people signed an online petition to let Diggy off the hook while Tillary produced papers from the city, Detroit Dog Rescue, City of Detroit Animal Control and Welfare, and the dog’s veterinarian, who all agreed that Diggy was an American bulldog.
Finally, in September, a local court threw out the case, allowing Diggy to say with Tillary. “Case Closed!” Tillery wrote in a Facebook post. “We get to keep our boy. He’s a good boy.”