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Michael Vick lobbies for law to protect animals in hot cars

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 8, 2015 1:46 PM
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FILE PHOTO: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mike Vick (2) throws a pass during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Harrisburg) -- NFL quarterback Michael Vick is at Pennsylvania's state Capitol to make a pitch for legislation to help protect cats and dogs from being left in hot vehicles.

Vick visited the statehouse Tuesday to support a bill that would shield first responders from liability for any property damage they cause when rescuing animals from unattended cars and trucks. The bill also would make it a summary offense to leave a cat or dog in an unattended vehicle in extreme heat.

Vick was a star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons when he pleaded guilty in 2007 for his role in a dogfighting ring and served nearly two years in prison.

The Hampton, Virginia, native is now a backup quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers and, off the field, an advocate for animal welfare.

An earlier story is below:

Michael Vick is heading to the state Capitol to lobby legislators on a bill that would help protect pets left in hot cars. 

Vick was a star quarterback for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons when he pleaded guilty in 2007 to being part of a dogfighting ring and ended up serving 21 months in prison.  

He's now a backup quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Vick plans to meet with Democratic lawmakers today about legislation nicknamed the "Pets in Cars'' bill.

It would allow first responders to break into cars to rescue dogs or cats in distress without fear of being held liable for damages. 

Since his 2009 release from prison, Vick has worked on a number of animal rights issues.

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