Ok. First of all, I seriously cannot understand how some places still have a breed specific discrimination legislation –which is basically a law that bans or restricts ownership of certain types of dogs based on their appearance. Don’t people understand this is basically the same as racial profiling? Which by the way, is also ridiculous?
Claiming that all Pit Bulls are aggressive is a statement that comes from profound ignorance of people. Aggressive dogs come in all shapes, colors, sizes and breeds. These situations should be handled on a case by case basis, not by banning a specific breed. Breed discrimination keeps thousands of good dogs from finding loving homes every year and that’s just not right.
Few days ago, we published the story of Diggy, the dog whose picture smiling with his owner became viral and how couldn’t it? This story was full of positivism and joy. Sadly, capturing so much attention backfired because now the town is trying to remove Diggy based on breed specific legislation, and it cannot get sadder than that.
Diggy had spent 100 days at Detroit Dog Rescue before he was adopted by musician Dan Tillery, who recently bought a house with his girlfriend in Waterford, Michigan. And now, the city is claiming that Diggy violates a dangerous dog/pit bull ordinance and they gave Dan three days to remove him from his home.
Apparently, “the identification came after several “concerned citizens”, most of whom do not live in Waterford, flooded the police station with complaints”. Whether these “concerned citizens” are ignorant people who believe dogs should be discriminated because of appearance, or they are resented people who had to give up their own dog because of breed specific legislations, or they are jealous and envious people who couldn’t stand someone else’s happiness, we really don’t know. But they should have minded their own business.
Some people even got to the point to claim that Dan is only doing this to get his music career taking off. Really? Like if he had known all the attention he would get by sharing one photo. But Dan’s attitude is amazing, even in the middle of all this he is keeping a positive energy. He actually posted on Facebook:
“Sending out positive energy and love today to all of the people that are being so very cruel to me. Remember, it’s those that are trying to hurt others that might be dealing with the most pain (…) I can’t just turn a blind eye on a broken man or women that Is lashing out. They need my kindness in moments like this so more than ever. They need to know its ok. And that they can forgive themselves. And that I forgive them. Stay strong. Stay positive. Live the good life.”
Dan and Diggy deserve each other and they deserve the happiness that we all saw in that picture. This situation is truly heartbreaking and unfair; even more knowing that Dan has papers –from both a veterinarian and from animal control– to prove that Diggy (formerly known as Sir Wiggleton) is not a Pit Bull but an American Bulldog. And this fact makes the situation even more ridiculous.
So how is this possible? Well, there is a loophole in the town that allows police officers to basically ban any dog they believe to be a pit bull at their personal discretion. I’m sorry, but this is an absolutely ridiculous ordinance! I mean, it turns out that the police is qualified to determine a breed beyond any prove that tells them otherwise. What kind of veterinary training did they get? And furthermore… Is Waterfront the safest town in the world or what? Don’t they have real criminals to chase?
If you want to do something to stop this situation there are several things you can do. First of all, there are two petitions you can sign. The first one is to “Make Michigan the next state to end breed discrimination”, but this one must be signed only by Michigan residents, so if you are one, you can sign it by following this link. The second petition is to “Lift the dangerous ban in Waterford, MI”; aside from the fact that Diggy is NOT a Pit Bull, breed specific legislation is discrimination and that is never right. To sign that petition, follow this link.
Another thing you can do if you are a Waterfront Township resident or business owner is to write a letter to support keeping Diggy in Waterfront. Please include your address and the length of time you’ve lived there. This initiative is held by the director of Detroit Dog Rescue, who is fighting in behalf of Diggy. Letters can be sent to KristinaDDR@gmail.com
There is also a board meeting in Waterford on Monday the 13th at 6pm at 5200 Civic Center Dr. to which you can show up, especially if you live or work there.
There is more people feeling happy for Diggy than people feeling jealous of Dan. Let’s help them out! Diggy has finally found a truly loving home and he deserves to keep it.