City Decides To Remove Newly Adopted Dog Despite Family’s Efforts To Keep Him

Update, June 12, 2016:

Detroit Dog Rescue’s Kristina Millman-Rinaldi tells BarkPost that Diggy is still safe at home with Dan. Kristina plans to talk with Waterford Township officials on Monday, and should have more information then about likely next steps.

In the meantime, as of Sunday afternoon, this online petition, asking for Watership Township to repeal its breed ban, has more than 42,000 signatures. It’s small comfort for Diggy and his family — but if nothing else, at least the township is now learning now much opposition there is to the law that threatens to separate them.

Update, June 10, 2016:

This joyful story has taken a horrible turn, because of an unjust law.

Soon after news spread about Diggy’s wonderful adoption, the police came to Dan Tillery’s door, demanding to examine his dog.

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Waterford Township, the Detroit-area town where Dan and Diggy live, has a ban on Pit Bulls—or, more specifically, dogs who “substantially conform to the breed standards established by the American Kennel Club” for American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or American Pit Bull Terriers.

CBS reports that “’based on their visual inspection’ alone, two officers concluded Diggy was a pit bull, according to the Detroit Dog Rescue, and told Tillery he would have to get rid of the dog.”

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