Former Pennsylvania anti-chaining activist Tamira Thayne, whose group purchased Michael Vick's compound in southern Virginia for a rehab center for rescue dogs, is now herself the subject of a cruelty investigation
Thayne, formely of Blair County, Pa., said the Surry County Animal Control officers seized a pit bull in her care after complaints about her facility.
Surry County Chief Animal Control Officer Tracy Terry told the Associated Press
her office received complaints that led to an investigation, and the results prompted her to file the charges Friday. She declined to say specifically what led to the charges, but said Thayne should not be surprised.
They also said Thayne was operating her kennel without proper permits.
A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25.
Thayne said she was "distraught" over the allegations and invited the public to visit her facility where she said nine dogs lived under the supervision of three caretakers.
"All I can say is that they are bogus charges," Thayne said in an email. "Our dogs are beautiful and healthy and loved."
The pitbull, Jada, that was removed on Monday, is now being housed in the same animal control facility that housed - and mysteriously lost noted Thayne - one of dozens of fighting dogs once chained to tire axles at the 15-acre Vick compound.