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Michael Vick Lobbies For Law To Protect Animals In Hot Cars

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) — Former Eagles quarterback and current Pittsburgh Steelers back-up Michael Vick was in the state capitol Tuesday, lobbying for the welfare of animals he was jailed for killing.

Michael Vick appeared with lawmakers at an event in the state Capitol to advocate for passage of legislation that aims to protect dogs and cats from suffering the fate of being locked in overheated cars.

"The bottom line is that all animals require kindness and respect. They depend on us like our children depend on us. I know that I'm an unlikely advocate. I was part of the problem when I was at my lowest. I made a decision to make change and I stand by that," Vick said.

Vick says he can reach people that other activists can't.

He's pushing Pennsylvania lawmakers to pass a bill that would give first responders immunity from liability when they rescue dogs and cats trapped in hot vehicles after a reasonable search for the owner.

Vick pleaded guilty in 2007 to being part of a dogfighting ring and ended up serving 21 months in prison.


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

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