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Animal activists want to buy Vick's property

NORFOLK, Va. - A Pennsylvania-based animal rights group is raising money to buy the former dogfighting compound of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and turn it into a rehabilitation center for chained and penned dogs.

Dogs Deserve Better, of Tipton, in the western part of the state, says it has until March 20 to raise nearly $600,000 to buy the 4,600-square-foot house in Surry County, Va.

Organization founder Tamira Thayne said yesterday that about $55,000 has been raised. She said it was important to buy Vick's home rather than a less expensive piece of property for a rehabilitation center because of its symbolism.

"When something of this nature happens it's kind of a collective hurt on the entire nation - especially the dog lovers of the nation," she said. "It's almost like you're powerless against this evil that's come along. When you step back and take over this property . . . you're empowering yourself."

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The house and the 15 acres it sits on served as headquarters for the Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting operation.

Dogs Deserve Better says its ultimate goal is to raise $3 million to buy the site, install fencing and build a facility for the dogs.

The house would be used for offices.

The property has five bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, two fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, walk-in closets and an attached, two-car garage. It was originally listed for sale for $1.1 million in 2007 after Vick's prison sentence.

Associated Press
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