Dogs are the most friendly and loyal creatures in this world. There would hardly be anyone who won’t agree with this fact. Among many dog lovers, one was this man from Michigan. His happy time with his dog unluckily didn’t last long, as a selfie became the reason for him to stand in front of a jury.
Fond Of Dogs
Dan Tillery lives with his girlfriend Megan in Waterford Township, Michigan. Since Dan was very fond of dogs, the minute they purchased their first home in June 2016, they decided to adopt a dog. But, what happened after they brought this bundle of joy to their home is surprising.
It was after a month while talking to the Oakland Press that he said, “[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.”
It Was The One
After the couple made up their mind to bring a dog to their house, the next major problem was to come to an agreement on which kind of dog to bring. It was sheer luck that while on his search for a dog Dan saw an American bulldog named Sir Wiggleton in a shelter where the dog had been taking refuge for the past 100 days. Dan and his girlfriend instantly realized that this was the dog that they had been craving for.
Brought It Home
So Dan brought the dog to his house, it seemed that the dog also liked Dan’s company as they both posed for a picture with the pup posing in an amusing manner with his tongue hanging from his mouth and head cocked. Until then everything seemed quite wonderful to the couple, Dan named the dog Diggy.
Someone Got Provoked
The most striking feature of the dog was his wide-mouthed grin. So, Dan, a musician by profession started taking selfies with the dog to capture the amazing moment. Surprisingly, one of the pictures which Dan took of the dog provoked someone to call the police. Dan had no idea about it.
Sent The Photo
On a first look, the photo seemed to have nothing objectionable. It was just a picture of an extremely happy owner with his dog. In the photo too, the most distinguishing feature was the dog’s characteristic smile. Dan was feeling very lucky and even sent the photo to the Detroit Dog Rescue as a token of thanks for helping his dog at the time of need.
The rescue team decided to post the picture on their page and it was not long that the picture went viral and got an astonishing 24,000 likes. Dan and his dog Diggy had become the talk of the town as the people from all the news channels began to call Dan. But, the happiness was short-lived as something sad was waiting for them.
The post’s caption read “We know this photo is going to break the internet and we apologize, but we had to share. 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!”
Dan was a fun loving person and now he had found his partner in crime. The duo did many stupid and amusing things together. But, when after a few days of the picture going viral the Watford Police Department Came to Dan’s house, he was left confused and had a natural question in his mind, ” why?”
Committed A Crime
It was illegal to keep pitbull and pit bull mixes as a pet in Watford, the police informed Dan. According to the law they were deemed as “dangerous dogs”. Since it was a crime to be found in possession of one, the only possible option left for Dan was to return it to the Detroit Dog Rescue or else pay the consequences. Dan was left baffled.
Dan was hopeful that the police would leave the issue by giving Dan a warning as he knew that his dog was not dangerous in any sense. He said, “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.”
A Bad Dream
Unfortunately, the dog didn’t pass the eye test taken by the police. Police told The Detroit News in June, “It looks like a pit to me, I’d write a ticket.” Dan was distraught on realizing the fact that he was left with only three days to stay with his new companion despite the fact that his adoption papers stated it as an American Bulldog.
Came For Support
Even the animal rights activists came in support of Dan, but it seemed all in vain as the officers were firm in their decision.“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.
The photo which had initiated all these troubles for Dan also came to his rescue. The fact that it had gone viral meant that many people came to know about this incident. Now it was not only the animal activists who had his back rather thousands of people. Unaware of this, Dan had only two options in front of him that of paying $500 ticket or ending up in jail.
People were in full mood to counter-attack the decision of the authorities. Contrary to the fact, Dan was preparing himself for a hearing in the court. The supporters organized an online petition to remove the ban from the city, so as to allow the reunion of Dan and his pitbull.
Now in order to save his dog form leaving him, Dan had the only option of proving that Diggy only looked like a pitbull and was not actually one. He said,“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.”
A Big Issue
Astonishingly, this incident made a big issue. Thousands of people from all parts signed the petition. But, things were still not good for Dan as authorities had not come with a final decision on the matter. One thing which acted in Dan’s favor was the unbelievable support he was getting from the people as they had overpowered a landmark town meeting for the same cause.
All’s Well That Ends Well!
Fortunately, all the efforts of the people and Dan’s pure affection towards his dog came in handy. In a hearing in the 51st District Court, all charges were eventually dropped.“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.
This turned into one historic incident, as the authorities had to change the law and reframe it. Now, it was no longer illegal to keep a pitbull and the owners had full independence to keep the dog according to their will. “We get to keep our boy,” Dan wrote in a celebratory Facebook post. “He’s a good boy.”