PUPDATE: Diggy’s Detroit Saga; Town Officials Still Want Him Gone

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Photo: Dan Tillery ...........................................
Photo: Dan Tillery

Following a Monday meeting with Waterford Township officials, Dan Tillery, owner of the now-Internet-famous Diggy (the smiling dog), Tillery has reported that the community prosecutor is not budging on the previous decision to have the dog ousted from the community due to Waterford’s ban on pit bulls.

Diggy (then named Sir Wiggleton) was adopted from Detroit Dog Rescue on June 6. Per the rescue, an independent veterinarian determined Diggy’s breed as American bulldog prior to placement; the township was called, as well, before Diggy was released into Tillery’s care.

Following Monday’s meeting, Detroit Dog Rescue posted the following on its Facebook page:

We’ve received tons of calls and emails about Diggy and we’re trying our best to keep everyone updated while running the shelter as well. Sadly, after we fulfilled the requirements by having a Waterford Veterinarian determine Diggy’s breed as American Bulldog, it is still not good enough.
Diggy’s owners said the city is skeptical to believe veterinarians now, because they think any vet would just want Diggy to stay in a good home. So, Waterford is sticking behind their original order and wants Diggy out of Waterford. Dan, Diggy’s owner, obtained legal representation and Detroit Dog Rescue will be there to help every step of the way. We are extremely disappointed in this decision and feel we have fulfilled every request of the city, even before Diggy’s adoption.

A formal hearing in Tillery’s citation case (he was ticketed on June 13) was set Monday for 2 p.m. on Aug. 11 in Waterford’s 51st District Court.

Photo: Detroit Dog Rescue ............................................
Photo: Detroit Dog Rescue

“Don’t worry, Diggy is safe at home with me and his momma,” Tillery posted on his Facebook page. “My lawyer and I are going to do everything possible to make sure Diggy stays in his home with us, his family. Thanks for all of your support, guys. I’m not a quitter.”

Waterford Township Prosecutor Margaret Scott said that the township will wait to allow the court to make a finding.

“We’re not going in and removing the dog, we’re not destroying the dog,” she said. “It is a pending violation. This is status quo right now.”

In the wake of the conflict Diggy (and his owners) have enjoyed a wave of support from local dog lovers. At a recent Board of Trustees meeting, more than 50 supporters asked officials to consider striking the breed-specific ordinance. At press time, an online petition in favor of a ban lift had nearly 104,000 signatures.

11 thoughts on “PUPDATE: Diggy’s Detroit Saga; Town Officials Still Want Him Gone”

  1. He almost looks Boxer cross… This has just become a control issue – it isn’t even about whether or not he is Pit…I would move on just the outskirts of the place and then begin a fight to change things The internet does wonders to help support change sometimes!

  2. These people complaining have no life whatsoever. Leave this man and his dog ALONE!! They are happy together. Why does this piss people off??

  3. This story with the damn Detroit city wanting this dog removed from his new home is out of there goddamn mind. Even convicted criminals get a second chance and pedophilers so let this dog stay with the owners if you really want all dogs abolished from your town then maybe the city should be closed.
    I am from the Detroit area and I am a dog lover, I understand dogs better than probably anyone that loves dogs and this dog is not harmful at all. In your article you stated the dog even gave the officiers kisses that is not a violent dog.
    Please please please let this dog stay in his home.

  4. Diggy is precious ! As is the life of every animal. Waterford Township authorities are off their rocking high horse. First it’s one breed then it will be another, then another…when will they stop? When your pet is eradicated from the Township!

  5. Just remember, we vote for these idiots. We choose them. They are supposed to be working for us. Is this still the United States of America?

  6. This happens a lot, unfortunately. People adopt dogs without knowing that their city/town won’t allow the breed to reside in the city limits. I don’t agree with BSL. But, it’s really up to owners to know what the laws of their city are. If they don’t agree with it, fight to change the law or don’t buy a home in that area. I think this guy bought/rented the home only a month before adopting the pet. So, he may be in a bind legally because the lease can’t be broken without him forking over a year’s rent, or it will cost him tens of thousands of dollars to find another home outside the city in less than a year. If the pet is that important to him & he’s renting, I would find a temporary home for the dog then look for another place to live after the lease expires.


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