New, Expanded Edition Hardcover
Showcases What Became of
Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound
Publisher Expands Author Tamira Thayne’s “It Went to the Dogs:
How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups”
August 5, 2020 • Amissville VA
When chained-dog activist Tamira Thayne and her nonprofit purchased Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound and set about transforming it to a rescue facility, she had no idea what she was walking into.
The decision would lead not only to a home for her nonprofit’s rescue dogs, but also to the most turbulent four years of her life: she faced down allegations of racism, community harassment, poisoning, and, ultimately, false charges aimed at driving her and Dogs Deserve Better from the county.
The four black sheds where Michael Vick’s dogs trained and lost their lives still stand today, serving as a stark and brutal reminder of the world of dogfighting.
What Thayne remembers about her first experience with the house and grounds of 1915 Moonlight Road was “a stillness, a loneliness, an oppressive feel; yet underneath there was a yearning for more—a wish to be seen, to be heard. Did the land, the souls who remained on the property seek redemption for the blood spilled in their name? Perhaps.”
Thayne believed—and still believes—that giving the property where dogs were victimized back to the dogs is a nod toward the just recompense “Man’s Best Friend” deserves.
The book highlights the steps taken by the group as they moved toward their goal, including obstacles and happy ending rescue stories. This new, expanded hardcover edition features over 230 black and white photos and documents from the author’s four years on the ground at the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs in Smithfield, Virginia.
Said staffer Julie Sayre, “It’s not often that a job can change your entire life. I’ve never had a more meaningful, life-changing opportunity. The work I accomplished at DDB is truly something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
The book is now available in Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover, and Audiobook!
We’re currently selling autographed paperback copies direct from our site, for just $16.97 plus $3.00 shipping to the U.S.
Hardcover: 338 pages
Publisher: Who Chains You Publishing; Expanded edition (June 2, 2020)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
Tamira Thayne is the founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better. She’s the author or editor of 15 books, including It Went to the Dogs: How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups. She is currently the publisher and founder of Who Chains You Books, whochainsyou.com.