15. An Adoption Gone Awry

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For most people, adopting a new dog is a joyous occasion, and sharing their excitement on social media is second nature. However, for one man and his newfound friend, a simple selfie would turn into a legal nightmare that would test their love to its limits. This is the story of Dan and Diggy, two kind souls brought together by fate and ripped apart by an unfair legal system. Would justice truly prevail?

14. New Home, New Dog?

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Dan and his girlfriend Megan had always wanted a dog to share their lives with. Unfortunately, as renters, they never had the opportunity. So when they moved into their first home they knew it was finally time to find a precious pooch of their own. Searching online postings, Dan came across a 2-year old American bulldog that he quickly became obsessed with. Could this be the furry friend he always wanted?

13. Love at First Sight

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When Dan first saw Diggy’s goofy grin on the rescue’s website he knew it was love at first sight. The dog had a personality that was simply infectious, even in photographs, and Dan knew he had to have him. Reaching out to the rescue, he expressed interest in adopting.

12. Dad to the Rescue

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As someone who had never owned a dog before, Dan was beyond excited to bring Diggy home. He couldn’t get enough of his wide grin and floppy tongue. Can you believe how cute these two are together? It seemed Diggy was in for a wonderful life with Dan. Unfortunately, not all stories have happy endings.

11. The Post that Started It All

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Taking to Facebook to share his happiness, Dan posted the selfie of him and Diggy with the following caption. “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!”

10. Selfies And Social Media Don’t Mix

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Dan would soon learn the hard way that sometimes selfies on social media can bring out the worst in people, as well as the best. He never could have imagined that sharing his joy would wind up costing him dearly. You’ll have to read on to see what happens to poor Diggy that will send his Dad into overprotective mode.

9. Going Viral

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Both Dan and Diggy were beyond excited when their selfie went viral, skyrocketing his smiling pooch to internet stardom. Of course, celebrity-status does have its downsides, so you could believe Dan’s surprise when two police offers showed up unexpectedly at his door. What happens next is sure to shock you.

8. The Police Get Involved

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Dan was shocked to find two police officers at his door one morning. They apparently had seen his viral Facebook post, which has triggered concern from some of his neighbors. Dan was quite taken a back with what the officers said next.

7. Township Violation

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According to the police officers, the township where Dan and his wife lived had a strict no pit bull policy because they were “dangerous dogs.” When Dan tried to explain that his dog as an American Bulldog, the officers stated that Diggy didn’t pass the “eye test” in their opinion. Therefore, Dan had only one option. You won’t believe the heartbreaking decision Dan must make.

6. Only Three Days to Say Goodbye

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Faced with paying a $500 fine or, worse, being sent to jail, Dan had little choice but to let Diggy go back to the animal rescue. However, he wasn’t going to go down without a fight. Dan’s bond with his dog was so strong, he knew he would do anything to bring him back home.

5. An Outcry of Support

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Thanks to Dan’s viral photograph, thousands of people reached out in support. The outrage that police had taken his dog away from him was real and people vowed for justice. Would Dan ever be reunited with his poor pooch again? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.

4. The Legal Battle Begins

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Despite the support Dan received from his online petitions to free Diggy, he knew a formal hearing would have to take place. Not one to back down without a fight, he prepared for a legal battle. Dan also made the decision to fight against the township’s rules and demand they dismantle the pit bull ban so Diggy could return to his rightful home.

3. Taking a Stand

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Dan wanted to make sure his defense for keeping Diggy was crystal clear—he simply wasn’t a pit bull.  Even though he looked like one, Diggy was an American Bulldog, plain and simple. Dan had this to say about the entire ordeal to his Facebook followers, “My lawyer and I are going to do everything possible to make sure Diggy stays in his home with us, his family. Thanks for all of your support, guys. I’m not a quitter.”

2. An Uncertain Outcome

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As the legal battle dragged on, it would be months of not knowing before a verdict was delivered on Diggy. During this time, rescues, animal rights groups and social media followers shared an outpouring of love and support for Dan and Diggy. It all was for the greater good too, because after months of waiting a decision had finally been made—all charges dropped! Diggy would be able to stay with his new family. And just wait until you see what they decided to do with the township’s strict rules.

1. Diggy And Dan Together Forever

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With the court case closed, both Diggy and his dad couldn’t be more grateful for the support they received during their dark time. Even better, their township dismantled the ban on pit bulls to avoid anyone else from having to go through the same problems in the future. No longer will police officers be able to determine a dog’s breed by sight, but a licensed veterinarian will make that call. We’re so happy for both Diggy and Dan. It looks like they are going to have years of fun adventures ahead of them.