Michael Vick to lobby for bill to protect dogs left in hot cars

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HARRISBURG, Pa.  — Michael Vick is heading to the Pennsylvania statehouse 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 dog fighting ring and ended up serving 21 months in prison.

Vick helped run the ring and took part in hanging and drowning dogs.

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

A Vick spokesman says he plans to meet with Democratic lawmakers Tuesday 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 welfare issues.

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