VIRGINIA — Could Michael Vick’s animal abuse be living on? Dogs Deserve Better founder Tamira Thayne recently took over the compound infamous for Michael Vick’s former dogfighting operation to create a dog rescue in hopes of bringing justice to the hundreds of dogs that were abused there. But numerous complaints about the treatment of dogs at Dogs Deserve Better has caused a new investigation. The kennel is still up and running, but accusations against Thayne for animal cruelty are flying. Hopefully the whole situation is a misunderstanding; no more dogs need to suffer at this site, or anywhere for that matter.
Examiner, Terese Seaberg
In shocking news released this afternoon, Surry County authorities have announced that an arrest warrant has been issued for Dogs Deserve Better founder Tamira Thayne.
Thayne made headlines last year when she purchased Michael Vick’s former dogfighting compound in Virginia. Renamed “Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs,” the property was transformed into a facility for dogs rescued by Dogs Deserve Better.
In July, Surry County Animal Control received multiple complaints relating to the treatment of animals at the kennel. According to chief animal control officer Tracy Terry, it was these complaints that led to a visit of the site by officers and representatives from Virginia’s Office of Veterinary Services. What they observed was enough to charge Thayne with animal cruelty.
Authorities have refused to comment on the specifics behind the charges, however, Terry has noted that multiple animals are involved. While the dogs have not been removed from the premises, Terry states that her office is taking steps to see that the animals receive the proper care and treatment.
Officials have been unable to locate Thayne to serve the warrant. They have asked that anyone with information regarding Thayne’s whereabouts contact the Surry County Sheriff’s Office. A court date has already been set for September 25.
It is important to note that Dogs Deserve Better operates several chapters across the country manned by area representatives with an interest in assisting and rescuing confined dogs. No other chapter or representative has been named in the recent charges, which focus solely on Thayne’s Virginia operation.
* Update: Shortly before 4pm, Dogs Deserve Better posted the following statement on their Facebook page: There is no truth to the recent news articles. This is another attempt by a small group of people who are trying to put an end to Dogs Deserve Better and other rescue groups. They have been sending in false claims to the Surry County officials and demanding they close our rescue. We have copies of their letters and are in the process of getting it straightened out. There will be an official statement soon. *