Authorities Threaten To Kill A Bulldog After A Smiling Selfie With His New Owner Goes Viral.

A New Jersey township is threatening to put down Diggy the Bulldog after the dog’s smiling selfie with his new owner went viral, because they claim he’s a Pit Bull.

After spending 100 days in a Detroit pound, Diggy the American Bulldog had finally been adopted and a photo of him and new owner Dan Tillery smiling widely quickly went viral.

However, the selfie led to trouble when police officers received complaints about Tillery adopting a Pit Bull, which is a breed that’s been banned there since 1990, and went to the man’s home in Waterford Township, New Jersey.

This picture of Dan Tillery and Diggy the American Bulldog, taken just after Diggy’s adoption, went viral. But locals at Tillery’s New Jersey township thought Diggy was a Pit Bull and now police say the dog must go.

Authorities Threaten To Kill A Bulldog After A Smiling Selfie With His New Owner Goes Viral.

Police say that Tillery, a musician, has days to move his pet out of his home, or Diggy could be put down, CBS Detroit reported.

Initially, Tillery’s encounter with the police seemed to go well. He said:

They asked if he’s a friendly dog, I said he’s the friendliest dog.

When they went to the gate the actually see him, he licked their face, was very kind. They said, we’re dog lovers, that’s cool, he seems like a good boy. Took some pictures of him.

However, just an hour later Tillery received a call from the police and was informed that the officers had identified his pet as a Pit Bull, based on his appearance, so he would have to take him out of the Township. Tillery said:

He said, “You know, we don’t really need much more than ‘I think he’s a Pit’, and that’s enough, so, he looks like a Pit, I think he’s a Pit, he’s got to go. You have three days to have him out of your home.'”

Waterford Police Chief Scott Underwood said in a statement that his department “determined the dog was part Pit Bull / Pit Bull Terrier”, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Tillery has until Monday to prove that Diggy is not a Pit Bull or the dog might be put down. But he’s confident it will be resolved. The law was introduced in 1990 and specifically bans Pit Bulls.

Authorities Threaten To Kill A Bulldog After A Smiling Selfie With His New Owner Goes Viral.

That his dog was a Pit Bull was news to Tillery, who was told by Detroit Dog Rescue, which rescued the pet from Detroit Animal Control and arranged his adoption, that he was, in fact, an American bulldog.

Executive director of Detroit Dog Rescue Kristina Rinaldi confirmed:

Diggy is an American Bulldog and all of his paperwork says so. Diggy is a great dog.

Waterford Township law states that if a dog is identified as a Pit Bull, a magistrate may decide to either have the canine moved out of the township or put it down at the owner’s expense.

The law, which was enacted in 1990 amid fears that Pit Bulls were prone to attacking humans, makes an exception only for show dogs.

The law also allows for the pet’s owner to object and submit evidence to the contrary. If a township vet confirms that Diggy cannot be identified as a Pit Bull with any degree of certainty, the dog can stay.

For his part, Tillery is confident that his dog is going to be OK.

The law has long been a contentious topic with locals, with experts saying that banning a specific dog breed does not affect the incidences of dog bites or attacks, according to The Oakland Press.

In 2013 the town board voted to keep the ban, the The Oakland Press added.

The law also allows for the pet’s owner to object and submit evidence to the contrary. If a township vet confirms that Diggy cannot be identified as a Pit Bull with any degree of certainty, the dog can stay.

Authorities Threaten To Kill A Bulldog After A Smiling Selfie With His New Owner Goes Viral.

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