Animal rescue group raises downpayment for former Vick home

Animal rescue group raises downpayment for former Vick home

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This property had been owned by NFL quarterback and Peninsula native Michael Vick.

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Posted on May 3, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 3 at 1:54 PM

SURRY COUNTY -- An animal rescue group says it’s raised the down payment to buy the Surry County home once used by Michael Vick for dog fighting.

The group Dogs Deserve Better announced on its Website it had received an approval for a loan on Friday, April 29 and hopes to close on the property mid-May.

It will be called Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs, a play on Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels.

The 15-acre property, including house and sheds, is selling for $595,000.

The group is still raising money to pay the remainder, build a fence around the property to keep the dogs inside and safe, and install temporary housing for dogs while they fundraise to build the facility.

Members have previously said say they'd need an estimated $3 million to create the dog center. The house would become an office, fundraising center and store.

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