NORFOLK, Va. - A Pennsylvania-based animal rights group is raising money to buy NFL star Michael Vick's former dogfighting compound and turn it into a rehabilitation center for chained and penned dogs.
Dogs Deserve Better of Tipton, Pa. says it has until March 20 to raise nearly $600,000 to buy the 4,600-square-foot house in Surry County, Va.
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, four and a half bathrooms, two fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, walk-in closets and an attached, two-car garage.
Meanwhile, ato the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback.
Vick won The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year award this past season, his second in the NFL since serving 18 months in prison for dogfighting.
Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway presented the key at a ceremony in Dallas in the days leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl. In a statement issued Monday, Mayor Tom Leppert said the presentation was made without his knowledge and approval.
Caraway, in his own statement, described himself as an animal lover and honored Vick for his efforts to encourage children to stay in school and away from drugs and harmful influences.