The property so long associated with Michael Vick and his bloody dog fighting operation will become a place of hope soon for many more abused animals.
A Pennsylvania-based animal rights group has purchased Vick's former compound, known as Bad Newz kennel, in southern Virginia.
Altoona-based Dogs Deserve Better closed on the $600,000 property on Friday. They plan to use it as a center (called Good Newz,what else?) to rehabilitate and find good homes for dogs who have endured years on chains or have been kept in pens round-the-clock. The group's founder, Tamira Thayne, has been an outspoken advocate for chained dogs in Pennsylvania and led the fight - not yet successful - for the passage of state legislation to ban 24/7 dog chaining.