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From Torture To Sanctuary: Non-Profit Seeks To Convert Michael Vick's Old House

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Michael Vick may have served his time (and played some pretty good football this year), but many of us have not forgotten the animal torture atrocities Vick committed. The anger might never subside, but non-profit organization Dogs Deserve Better hopes to at least create a silver lining and help everyone move on.

The Pennsylvania-based organization— which opposes the chaining and penning of dogs— has plans to convert Michael Vick’s former home into a dog sanctuary, taking a place haunted by a horrible past and turning it into something good. Additionally, the actual sheds and kennels would be turned into a memorial where “all would be welcome to come and see how they lived and leave prayers and love to all who died here and all who still suffer in dog fighting rings.”

DDB has started a Facebook page called “999,999 Friends for the DBB Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained Dogs” which hopes to raise the $1,000,000 needed for start-up: $600,000 to buy the home and another $400,000 for conversion and setup. DBB has chosen a unique way of motivating people to donate: each $1 donation counts as a “vote,” and earns donors the right to vote for one of two options: buy the Vick property and build the rehab center there, or choose a different location.

There are merits to both sides: on one hand, it might be cathartic for those still enraged over the crimes committed at the house to transform it into something beneficial for other abused dogs, and it could be good publicity for DBB’s cause. On the other hand, it might be in poor taste to take the site of such horrible acts and bring more dogs there, no matter how pure the motives. If anything, the cutesy-ness of changing the name of Vick’s “Bad Newz Kennels” to the “Good Newz Rehab Center” seems a bit inconsiderate.

If you have an opinion in the matter, you can always make a donation yourself, and cast your vote!

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