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by lindastcyr
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Michael Vick’s crimes against dogs are well known. But, a group of animal lovers want to erase the evils that took place on Vick’s estate by creating a rehabilitation center for chained and penned dogs in that exact location.

The NFL star served 18 months in prison on federal felony charges for running Bad Newz Kennels –a place where dogs were pitted against each other for sport. Vick was led to financial ruin and sold his property to a developer. The developer had trouble selling the Vick estate following the football player’s conviction. But there was a group of people very interested in buying the property for the sake of dogs.

Dogs Deserve Better of Tipton, Pa., had been watching and waiting to buy the home. Tamira Thayne, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, said of the $600,000 purchase, “I think by us taking over this property we are winning for the dogs. We are, in essence, giving this property back to the dogs that were abused there by using other dogs just like them.”

It will take about $3 million to finish the project. The group plans to install fencing and build a facility for the dogs. According to NBC Philadelphia, an anonymous donor will make payments on the house for the next 10 years. However, fundraising will continue to meet the group’s $3 million goal.

Thayne has had no contact with Vick in regards to the property. She said she isn’t sure what she would say to him if he were to show up on her new property. She said, “I would like to see that he’s really remorseful and I personally don’t feel that I’ve seen that because actions speak louder than words.”

Vick’s latest appeal to animal activists was through the Humane Society’s website in April. Vick posted a statement after an application was released for Android phones that featured dog fighting.

The Eagles quarterback claimed, “I’ve come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street. Now, I am on the right side of this issue, and I think it’s important to send the smart message to kids, and not glorify this form of animal cruelty, even in an Android app.”

Over seventy dogs were seized on Vick’s estate when the dog fighting investigation began. Over the past five years, follow-ups on the dogs have been publicized by the media. A few of the dogs were euthanized for being too aggressive, others found a safe haven at the Best Friends Animal Society sanctuary in Utah, and many others were placed in foster care.

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About lindastcyr

Linda St.Cyr is a writer, blogger, activist, and short story author. When she isn’t writing or raising her kids with her life partner, she is busy being vocal about feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and bringing attention to human rights violations all over the world.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002555203469 Suzan Zibar

    Every time Michael Vick opens his mouth, one of my brain cells die. He should not be allowed to have ANYTHING to do with dogs, and not receive an ounce of sympathy empathy or any good feelings because he is “rehabilitated”… he was only sorry he got caught. Not sorry about what he was doing. He should not become a poster boy or a spokesperson for people against dog fighting unless he’s dedicated his whole life to it – and I doubt he has the inner capacity to stick at something like that – there’s no money in it, is there?

  • Tjr3425

    SOON to be? Tamira Thayne (alias Tammy Grimes) has run this once proud organization, into the ground. With a LARGE crash! This place will never be built. BAD KARMA on the Vick death camp.