A non-profit group of animal activists has purchased Michael Vick’s former home in Surry County, Virginia.

The house that was once used to train fighting dogs will soon be a rehabilitation center for dogs, mostly ones that have been chained or penned.

The group called Dogs Deserve Better was based in Pennsylvania and has just moved its headquarters to Vick’s former home.

“Just driving up the driveway the first time, I had to break out my video camera because it just seemed so dark back there with the black buildings,” said volunteer Diana Bevensee. “It’s just a historic place.”

Tamira Thayne is the mastermind behind the plan to turn Michael Vick’s home into a kennel for dogs in need.

“It’s one of those ideas that’s really cool but there’s a little, oh I don’t know if I want to do that. But the idea of turning the negative into a positive is really so empowering,” said Thayne.

Story by Elaine Furst for Dog Files