It's been almost four years since Michael Vick was indicted on dog fighting charges. Although we've read lots of stories of good news and rehabilitation for the dogs that were seized, there still stood one symbol of the pain and suffering that occurred - the property where "Bad Newz Kennels" was housed. The property where so many dogs were tortured, neglected and killed. Finally, we have good news that the one remaining tie to such horrible acts will also be rehabilitated.
Dogs Deserve Better (DDB), a nonprofit dedicated to ending the cruelty of chaining and penning dogs for life, has succeeded in their bid to obtain a loan for the former Vick Bad Newz Kennels. DDB hopes to close on the property mid-May, when they will begin the transformation to the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs.
The property was sold by Michael Vick to an investor as soon as the heat came on, and has been sitting vacant ever since. The group plans to build a state-of-the-art Rehab center for chained and penned dogs, as well as maintain a memorial for the dogs who lost their lives in the brutality that occurred at the Moonlight Road, Virginia location.
DDB founder Tamira Thayne states, "We are ecstatic to get on the ground and start the transformation of this property and the entire community which was brought to its knees by the brutality that occurred. It's a new day; we are sending a message that animal abuse is out of line with what our country's citizens want. Dogs are family members, part of the pack, and we must honor and respect them as such.
"We are hopeful that having obtained the loan, even more people will step forward with financial support to make our dream for our rescued dogs come true. They deserve it.
"Dogs Deserve Better has worked hard for chained and penned dogs for nine years, winning numerous awards, and fostering as many as 400 dogs per year out of our homes. With a center to call our own, we hope to rescue at least another 500 chained or penned dogs per year and move them on to new and better lives as members of a real, inside home and family. Dog lovers and supporters of our work will be welcome to visit us and our rescue dogs, as well as take a moment to honor the memory of those who died there.
"I ask every dog lover to donate what they can and spread the word. Ask your family, friends, celebrities, company owners, everyone you can possibly think of. Supporting this center as a major donor could only be good publicity, and Dogs Deserve Better continues to be an amazing nonprofit who will not let you down."
For more information on Dogs Deserve Better and how you can help donate to the development of the Good Newz Rehab Center visit http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org or LIKE DDB on Facebook.