"To have a name like that - a guy who was all for equality and rights and was such a peaceful person who did things the right way," Flatt says.
He's currently looking to buy a 14-acre tract of land behind his existing property of 16 acres in Dallas.
"I'm trying to build the country's first hardcore pit bull shelter," he says.
Flatt's plan calls for a multimillion dollar, 20,000-square-foot building.
It will feature a swimming pool, indoor and outdoor play areas and runs, as well as veterinary and grooming stations.
A part of that facility will be dedicated to former fighting dogs as a sanctuary for those seized in raids.