The Selfie That Shocked the World: How a Man and His Rescue Dog Became the Target of Public Outrage and Police Intervention

Committed to the Cause

Dan was still hopeful that the fact that Diggy was not a pit bull, but an American bulldog, would give him the upper hand in court. Even though the local police had their own opinion, in the eyes of the law Dan really had done nothing wrong.

Committed to the Cause 

“My lawyer and I are going to do everything possible to make sure Diggy stays in his home with us, his family,” Dan shared on social media. “Thanks for all of your support, guys. I’m not a quitter.”

 

The Kindness of Strangers

When Dan’s day in court came, it wasn’t just the truth that was on his side. Yes, Diggy was not a pit bull, but even more importantly, Dan had the backing of over a hundred thousand people. The petition had really taken off and more people had got on board than he could possibly have hoped for.

The Kindness of Strangers 

In fact, some people actually made an appearance at a town hall meeting to discuss the case that they cared so passionately about. Dan could not believe how kind people were being and he was more than grateful for their support.

 

Animal Rights

What’s great about this story is that although it was Diggy that triggered everyone’s interest, what kept people supporting them was a love not just for Diggy, but for all rescue dogs.

Rescue dogs are animals which have been through the worst and have then had a hard time finding a new, loving home. Diggy did not deserve to be taken from his loving owner and it was Diggy and all the other mistreated rescue dogs that people cared about the most.

Animal Rights 

Detroit Dog Rescue’s director, Kristina Rinaldi, said: “People had really invested their emotions into this story, and it’s beautiful to see so many people care about rescue dogs.”

 

The Best of Pets

It is believed that approximately 3.3 million dogs in the United States alone are put in shelters every year. But only 1.6 million find new homes: 620,000 are returned to their previous owners and, tragically, 670,000 are put down.

The Best of Pets 

Adopting a rescue dog can literally save a life. What’s more, owners of rescue dogs profess that their dogs are the most loving of all pets because they are grateful to be with their kind new owners.

The Big Day

The whole situation was unfair and stressful. Dan had only just found his dream dog and was now facing the possibility of giving him up. What made things even worse was the fact that there wasn’t even a good reason for this whole mess.

The Big Day 

When it came to Dan’s day in court, the police and jury looked over Dan’s claims and finally came to an agreement. The judge’s verdict was that the case ought to be dismissed and Dan could finally relax knowing that he was allowed to keep the lovely Diggy.

 

We Get to Keep Our Boy!

Upon hearing the wonderful news, Dan could not wait to share the outcome with his online fans and all those invested in the case.

Instead of writing a lengthy, Dan cut straight to the chase. He wrote: “We get to keep our boy, He’s a good boy.”

Although this news in itself is wonderful, what’s even better is that the township rephrased the law and made it a little less harsh. It turned out that Dan and Diggy’s struggle was not for nothing, because now the stressful situation would never happen to anyone else.

We Get to Keep Our Boy!

In lieu of the news, Dan decided it was time to take Diggy to an expert and settle the debate of his breed.

 

Online Fame

Another positive outcome of the event is that Dan gained an even bigger following on social media. He was already an influencer and boasted 10,000 likes on his Facebook page, over 14,000 Instagram followers and over a thousand subscribers to his Twitter account.

Online Fame

His popularity online is what really helped give his case the boost it needed. If Dan did not have so many fans already, the story could well be forgotten. Luckily, Dan’s success helped other rescue dogs too and not just Diggy.

 

Rising Star

Part of the reason Dan had such a following before the Diggy troubles is that he is an up and coming musician. He is known for having a ton of charisma on stage and tours regularly around the United States.

Rising Star

Being a rising star, he has received lots of devoted fans and followers which have helped turn him into an even bigger success. Dan mostly uses social media to promote his band but of course, he couldn’t help but use it to share pictures of his lovely Diggy too.

 

Big Success

Recently, Dan’s music career seems to be really taking off. In 2016, he released a single called “We Like to Have Fun.” The single did pretty well and his shows in Detroit were packed.

He posted some videos of the shows on YouTube which are worth checking out, and if you want to hear his music you can also look up his Facebook page.

Big Success

With the unconditional love and loyalty from Diggy, Dan really is an unstoppable force.

The Other Star

Of course, Dan isn’t the only big hit living in his house. Diggy is also a bit of a celebrity and although lots of people follow Dan for his music, many follow Dan for Diggy. He is such an adorable, charming dog that it’s no surprise that people want to see what antics he has been up to. Luckily, there is room for both of them to win over more and more fans, and shine on their shared social media accounts.

The Other Star 

Happily Ever After

Now, Dan and Diggy live happily together. Diggy has finally found the loving home that he deserves and Dan is finally allowed to live peacefully with his dream dog.

In the pictures Dan posts, Diggy looks happy and healthy. Dan and his girlfriend obviously take great care of their pet and their happiness as a mini-family really does show just how wonderful the experience of adopting a rescue dog can be.

Together, Diggy and Dan made each other’s lives complete and they have also helped all the rescue dogs who were adopted by those that were inspired by their love.

Happily Ever After 

Don’t you just love a happy ending?

 

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