Guy Posts This Picture Of His New Dog And People Immediately Call The Police On Him

When Dan posted a selfie with his new dog on Facebook, he became instantly famous. Just days after the post, the police swept in to take Diggy away.
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Consequences

He uploaded the photograph of himself with his new dog and wrote a short caption. Without giving the post a second glance, he hit “share”. Soon, the comments were flooding in. A smile spread itself slowly across his face. But he had no idea that the damage had already been done.
Someone had reported Dan’s dog to the police and they were on their way. Soon, they would be banging on Dan’s door.

New Addition

Dan posts a photo of his new dog

Facebook/Detroit Dog Rescue


In June 2016, after years of hard work as a musician in Waterford Township, Michigan, Dan Tillery and his girlfriend Megan had just purchased their first home. But no home is complete without man’s best friend.
So after moving in, the couple set out to adopt a dog. Little did they know, however, they were signing up for a world of hurt.

Happy Homeowners

the police arrive at Dan's door after his post

Facebook/Dan Tillery


“[My girlfriend and I] have been wanting a dog forever, but the place we were renting would not allow dogs. We just recently purchased our first home. All ours. And dogs are allowed,” Dan happily reported to the Oakland Press later that month.
As it turned out though, not all dogs were allowed.

Rescue

Dan and Megan Facebook post

Facebook/Dan Tillery


Not long after settling in, Dan first set eyes on an adorable two-year-old American bulldog named Sir Wiggleton at Detroit Dog Rescue.
After he was found lost and hungry on the streets of Detroit, Michigan, Sir Wiggleton was taken in by the shelter and had remained there for about 100 days.

Sir Wiggleton

Facebook post about Diggy

Facebook/Dan Tillery


For both Dan and Sir Wiggleton, it was love at first sight. A goofy picture of the pup with his tongue hanging from his mouth and his head cocked won Dan over.
Without a second thought, Dan agreed to adopt him, renaming him Diggy. At the time, everything had seemed above-board and legal.

Happy Snaps

Diggy taken away after facebook post

Facebook/Dan Tillery


As Dan’s very first pup, the musician was thoroughly excited to bring him home. He couldn’t get enough of Diggy’s wide-mouthed grin, so he understandably began snapping selfies with the happy dog.
But for some reason, just one of these pictures had prompted someone to call the cops on the smiling duo.

An Innocent Photo

Dan and Diggy Facebook post

Facebook/Dan Tillery


The photo seemed innocent enough: it was a selfie where the pair were showing off their signature silly smiles. Both seemed to be over the moon about their new homes and new family.
As a thank you to the rescue team that brought them together, Dan shared the photo with Detroit Dog Rescue, underlining the happy perks of adopting a dog.

Facebook Famous

Dan posts a photo on Facebook

Facebook/Dan Tillery


In just a matter of days, Dan and Diggy’s smiles had won over the Internet. In just a day the picture had garnered 24,000 likes on Detroit Dog Rescue’s page. Not long after that, Dan found himself getting messages and calls left and right from the media.
But for every follower, there will always be a hater lurking in the shadows.

Adoption Celebrations

Dan and Diggy famous after post

Facebook/Detroit Dog Rescue


“We know this photo is going to break the internet and we apologize, but we had to share,” the post’s caption read.
“After almost 100 days in the shelter, Sir Wiggleton just got adopted. Sir Wiggleton and his new Dad are celebrating adoption day with huge smiles all around!”

All Eyes On Dan

photo of Diggy in Dan's Facebook post

Facebook/Dan Tillery


Naturally, Dan was thrilled with the notoriety going viral brings. And as far as he was concerned, there were absolutely no downsides to it.
As a result, it came as a massive shock to Dan when, just a few days after posting the picture, the Waterford Police Department were banging on his door.

A Violation

Diggy pictured in Facebook post

Facebook/Dan Tillery


Having seen the viral photo, the officers informed Dan that he had violated the Waterford’s ban on owning pit bulls. According to the township, both pit bulls and pit bull mixes are considered to be “dangerous dogs.”
Possessing one was a punishable crime. Diggy would have to be returned to the Detroit Dog Rescue, or else.

Face-to-Face

Diggy's smile in a Facebook post

Facebook/Dan Tillery


Dan was convinced that the officers would simply let him off with a warning though. After all, Diggy was no more dangerous than a chihuahua. “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.”

Bad News

bad news for Diggy after Facebook post

Facebook/Dan Tillery


Even though Diggy’s adoption papers stated that he was an American bulldog, the officers weren’t budging. Lt. Todd Hasselbach of the Waterford Township Police told The Detroit News in June that Diggy didn’t pass the eye test.
“It looks like a pit to me,’’ he said. “I’d write a ticket.” Dan had just three days to say goodbye.

Enforcing the Law

pitbull controversy after owner posts on FB

Facebook/Dan Tillery


Despite the outcry from animal rights activists, the officers said that they were simply doing their job.
“From our standpoint, it’s a pretty clear case of an ordinance that makes it clear what’s permissible and what’s not. Our job is to enforce the ordinance,” Chief Scott Underwood of the Waterford Police explained to the Oakland Press.

Public Outcry

Dan's Facebook post alerted the police

Facebook/Dan Tillery


Unless Dan wanted to pay a $500 ticket or worse, end up in jail, he had little choice. But the same viral photo that caused all this trouble also served as a rally cry, bringing thousands to his aid.
People, outraged that the police had the authority to take away such a sweet dog, geared up for a counter-attack.

Preparing for Battle

Diggy confiscated after owner posts on FB

Facebook/Dan Tillery


So while his fervent supporters organized an online petition to free Diggy, Dan prepared himself for a formal hearing on the matter, kicking off a full-scale legal battle.
Furthermore, both fronts demanded that the township dismantle the pit bull ban, which would allow Diggy to come back home.

Never Giving Up

Dan unwittingly posted on Facebook

Facebook/Dan Tillery


Dan got to work on what seemed to be a pretty clear defense: Diggy isn’t a pit bull, though he may look like one. “My lawyer and I are going to do everything possible to make sure Diggy stays in his home with us, his family.” he posted online.
“Thanks for all of your support, guys. I’m not a quitter.”

Support

Diggy's fate after Facebook post

Facebook/Dan Tillery


Sadly though, Diggy’s status remained uncertain for months. Meanwhile, more than 100,000 people signed the petition asking officials to let Diggy off the hook. What’s more, an army of Diggy’s supporters overpowered a landmark town meeting in September.
Dan and Diggy certainly had the numbers, but would it be enough?

Rallying Together

animal lovers comment on Dan's post

Facebook/Dan Tillery


“People had really invested their emotions into this story, and it’s beautiful to see so many people care about rescue dogs,” said Kristina Rinaldi, the director of the Detroit Dog Rescue.
Finally, after a heated debate, they got some good news: charges were dismissed in the 51st District Court, assuring that dog and owner could stay together.

Finally, Good News

Dan and Diggy reunited after FB post

Facebook/Dan Tillery


“We get to keep our boy,” Dan wrote in a celebratory Facebook post. “He’s a good boy.” After a long fight, Dan and Megan could give dog with the famous smile the life he deserved. In a landslide victory, the township changed the rules on the pit bull ban.
Now veterinarians will be the ones to determine the breed, and not police officers “eye-balling” the situation.