Diggy can stay in his Waterford Township home after officials drop the charges

Posted at 5:42 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 17:42:58-04

It's official: Waterford Township says Diggy can stay in his home.

Detroit Dog Rescue announced today that all charges had been dropped against Diggy and his owner Dan Tillery.

It comes after a Waterford veterinarian classified Diggy as an American Bulldog in June, not a pit bull.

Waterford Township originally told Tillery the dog had to go because police officers visually determined Diggy was a pit bull and in violation of a city ordinance.

According to Waterford Township police, an ordinance prevents any person from owning, possessing or maintaining a pit bull or pit bull terrier within the township.

Tillery adopted Diggy, formerly known as Sir Wiggleton, from Detroit Dog Rescue. Shortly thereafter, a picture of the pair smiling took the internet by storm.

But the joy quickly led to stress for the duo. After the post went viral,  Waterford Township police officers showed up at Tillery's door, saying the dog had to go.

Tillery and Detroit Dog Rescue's Executive Director Kristina Rinaldi went to the Waterford Township Police Department in June to get a review of Diggy's case started, but when officers learned that Diggy still remained at Tillery's home, they issued him a citation.

In a posting on Facebook, the Michigan Humane Society said they oppose the township's ban and asked that Diggy be allowed to remain in his new home.

Police pointed to some published reports and a Facebook post by Detroit Dog Rescue where the dog is referred to as an "American Bulldog/Pit Bull" mix.

Rinaldi said the dog being called part pit bull was an error due to the large number of actual pit bulls and pit bull mixes that they save from possible death at Detroit Animal Control.

The City of Detroit only classified the dog as an "American Bulldog" stray in documentation that dates back several months.

Veterinary records also list the dog as an American Bulldog.

A police official said that if a local independent veterinarian took a look at Diggy's case and deemed him to be anything but a pit bull, the dog would be allowed to reside in the township.