Animal Rescue Group Wants Vick’s VA Home

8 02 2011

NORFOLK, VA (CNN) – An animal rescue group has an idea for what to do with NFL player Michael Vick’s unsold Virginia home.

The property once used for dog fighting would make a perfect rehab for abused dogs.

The non-profit Dogs Deserve Better launched a campaign on Facebook to raise $600,000 to buy the property and turn it into an animal rehab center.

Esther Williams, who runs the volunteer-based Rainbow Animal Rescue in Norfolk, VA, supports the plan.

“This, I’m assuming, would be a well-organized rehab center where they’re going to have behaviorists and trainers that can re-socialize the dogs with the problems,” Williams said.

Williams said the rural setting, wide open spaces and centralized location is a huge plus.

“The animal controls have to take anything that comes in. They can only take so many,” Williams said. “Once they run out of space then they have to start euthanizing and there are some really, really good dogs that are being put down.”

Vick’s new career with the Philadelphia Eagles is flying high after he spent nearly two years in prison on a federal dog fighting conviction. The NFL recently named Vick “Comeback Player of the Year.”

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