Vick's Dogfighting Compound Could Be Used for Good
Animal rights group hopes to buy it
JERSEY CITY, NJ - JULY 24: A pit bull looks out from a cage in the Liberty Humane Society shelter July 24, 2007 in Jersey City, New Jersey. According to animal shelter statistics, around one-third of all dogs coming into shelters nationwide are pit bulls, up from just 2 to 3 percent fifteen years ago. An estimated 40,000 people are involved in illegal professional dogfighting in the U.S. which often involves pit bulls. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Updated at 11:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011
A Pennsylvania-based animal welfare group is raising money to buy NFL star Michael Vick's former dogfighting compound in the Hampton Roads area.
Dogs Deserve Better is hoping to raise almost $600,000 to buy the 15-acre property in Surry County, Va. The site includes a 4600-square-foot house, five bedrooms, 4.5 baths, two fireplaces, and an attached two-car garage.
The compound once served as the headquarters for Vick's Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting operation.
Dogs Deserve Better is an animal rights group whose chief focus is chained and penned dogs. The group's ultimate goal, according to its website, is to raise $3 million to buy Vick's former property, transform it into a rehabilitation center for the dogs it serves, and change the name to the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained Dogs.
Published at 10:47 PM EDT on Feb 8, 2011
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