The Waterford Township Board of Trustees voted 6-1 Monday, Aug. 22, to approve changes to its ordinance banning pit bulls that board members say will end confusion over how a dog’s breed is determined. Trustee Julie Brown cast the dissenting vote. Dozens of township residents and animal activists who packed the auditorium at Township Hall insist the changes do nothing to end the ambiguity over who has the authority to declare a dog a Pit Bull.
The township is embroiled in a controversy over Waterford resident Dan Tillery, who adopted a dog he named Diggy from an animal rescue and posted photos on social media that went viral, as the canine appeared to be “smiling.” Acting on complaints, township police officers, who double as animal control officers, investigated and determined the dog was a pit bull and not allowed in Waterford. Two veterinarians said the dog was not a pit bull. Click here for more on the story.