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Michael Vick’s Property Could Become Animal Sanctuary

A group called Dogs Deserve Better is trying to raise $600,000 by March 20 to purchase Michael Vick’s old Surry County home.  If they successfully purchase Vick’s former property, they will acquire multiple acres of land with sheds and kennels.

Dogs Deserve Better is a national non-profit focused on taking care of abandoned and abused dogs, and freeing them from chains. They say chaining dogs can result in attacks on children and adults because such dogs are often unsocialized and act territorial. The organization’s founder spent 52 days chained to a doghouse to raise awareness about the cruelty of chaining.

On their website, the group states how they wish to use Michael Vick’s property: “There are 15 acres where we will build a state of the art dog caretaking facility and train these neglected, unsocialized dogs to live inside as part of the family.”

For about six years Vick financed a dogfighting ring and was involved in torturing and killing dogs. Eventually he was convicted of being involved in an interstate dogfighting conspiracy. For this felony he was sentenced to 23 months in prison. After being released from jail he returned to pro football and was chosen for the Pro Bowl. Since his imprisonment, he has volunteered his time to warn others about becoming involved in such bad behavior.

Some people think Vick’s talent in football makes his behavior acceptable. An article in Time magazine stated, “Vick exited prison and worked harder than ever, transforming himself into a better quarterback than he was before his punishment. No matter what you think of Vick personally, that’s an act of atonement.” Achievements in sports, however, are not an atonement for personal transgression.

One thing Mr. Vick could do to keep moving himself in the right direction is to make a large donation to the Dogs Deserve Better project and help convert his previous residency into a sanctuary for animals. Mr. Vick and his associates invested very large sums of money and effort in committing violence against animals, so making a large donation to take care of animals would help make up for the harm he has done in the past.

Image Credit: Dogs Deserve Better

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6:03PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Vick is a disgusting "human being" but he has served his time, BUT he could do more by donating the land to the group!

11:00AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

I agree with Yulan.

11:16AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

I agree the house should be donated, BUT and a big BUT. Before any one or animal steps back on the property for the intention of helping now, the energy of the place must be changed.
Animals feel, smell and know if death or torture has been in the place before and will avoid it. There is a lot more animals know than us dumb asses. True story, I went to a concentration camp in Austria and no nature goes there, not even a bird will fly over it. Nature knows way more than we do, so make sure you cleanse the area of the bad vibes first, otherwise the place won't have much success even though many good hearts are in it.

10:37AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

I agree with the others, Vick should donate this property and give them the money to transform this into a good deed for dogs. I honestly don't know how this man can sleep at night knowing all the murders he personally committed to innocent dogs that just could not "give this bastard" what he wanted to make more money......one day "little man" you will also get what is truly coming to you.....an eye for an eye!!!!!!!

3:21AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

Teresa you're right!

11:18AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

his punishment was not good enough. Not nearly enough to send messages to others out there. BUT, I also feel that the NFL and owners have to be held accountable. It is a known fact that people who abuse animals also abuse others, especially kids. They took this person (not a man, who never really admitted to anything) and put him back on the payroll, another clear message. Will his next act of violence, and there will be one, be tolerated too?

11:09AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Didn't he file BK after he was arrested? Apparently the only way to "connect" with tis m is t hit him in hs wallet. Let him come up with the $600,000 or just donate it

5:47PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Not sure how I feel about this
I understand the irony of it, but the horror behind this hell zone
May be sensed by the rescue animals to come

10:52PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

"And isn't it ironic, don't you think, it's like rain on your wedding day....."

9:31PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

I'm conflicted on this one.

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