Just days after bringing Diggy back to Waterford Township where he lives, Tillery was contacted by local police. They had seen the viral photo and determined, based on the dog's appearance, that he is a pit bull - a breed explicitly prohibited under the city's code of ordinance.
On Friday, Tillery was told that Diggy must go.
"From our standpoint, it's a pretty clear case of an ordinance that makes it clear what's permissible and what's not, and our job is to enforce the ordinance," Police Chief Scott Underwood told the Oakland Press.
Tillery has reportedly agreed to move his new pet to a new location outside the township, albeit reluctantly.