By now you’ve probably all heard of Bad Newz Kennels, home of Michael Vick’s dogfighting house of horrors in Surry County, Va.
Most of us won’t soon forget the suffering, trauma and executions of the dogs who lived and died there. But now there’s a chance to turn a place of tragedy into a safe haven for abused, neglected and chained dogs who are on their path to their new forever homes.
Dog’s Deserve Better (DDB), an organization devoted to advocating for chained and penned dogs, is considering purchasing Vick’s property and transforming it into a Good Newz Rehab Center.
“By DDB purchasing this property, we desire to bring light to the darkness. We feel there is no greater love for the dogs who suffered here, no greater honor to their memory, and no greater closure to a painful world event, than for a group to come in and take over this property with plans to provide love, joy, training, play, care, and renewal to thousands of other dogs who have been existing in similar circumstances,” according to DDB.
They also plan to preserve the kennel as a memorial to chained, penned and fighting dogs who have lost their lives without ever knowing what a home was.
The property is a nice piece of real estate. It was sold to an investor and is now sitting empty. With 15 acres full of grass and trees, a mostly fenced in yard, buildings to house supplies and a house that can be used for meetings, a store, fundraising, educational center, training and a host of other activities. Check it out yourself here.
You might be thinking, “No way, that place is too full of bad energy to be turned into something positive.”
The property itself isn’t toxic. What happened there was, but this purchase will put an end to Vick’s sadistic legacy there and bring hope to abused and chained dogs.
To be fair to their supporters, they’re putting it to a vote. Beginning on February 4, DDB has 45 days to raise to raise at least $600,000 to purchase the property. Their ultimate goal is to raise $999,999 for the property itself, and to finish fencing and start their new facility. If they don’t purchase Bad Newz Kennels, they’ll be buying something elsewhere to build their new center.
As of today, they’ve raised $51,000, with 96 percent of their voters going with a yes to transforming Bad Newz Kennels into Good Newz Rehab Center.
You Can Help
Visit their Facebook page: 999,999 Friends for the DDB Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained Dogs or check out their website to vote and donate and spread the word.