Michael Vick Advocates For Legislation Protecting Pets

NFL quarterback Michael Vick, who made headlines several years ago for illegal dogfighting, is actively lobbying for Pennsylvania's "Pets in Cars" bill.

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Michael Vick, now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is lobbying for a bill that would protect pets left in hot cars. Via  Keith Allison/Flickr
Michael Vick, now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is lobbying for a bill that would protect pets left in hot cars. Via Keith Allison/Flickr

Well, this is a twist that not even M. Night Shyamalan could’ve written. The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a bill that would allow police officers to rescue dogs or cats who have been left in parked cars, and one of its most vocal supporters is… Michael Vick. Yes, THAT Michael Vick.

The Pittsburgh Steelers third-string quarterback is scheduled to meet with lawmakers today to express his commitment to Pennsylvania House Bill 1516, also known as the Pets in Cars bill, ESPN reports.

“I know that I’m an unlikely advocate,” a Vick spokesperson told ESPN on his behalf. “I was part of the problem. Now, my perspective can help reach people that activists can’t reach. I can help others become agents of change.”

Vick spent almost two years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges related to a dogfighting ring. Via Jason Bacon/Flickr

Vick spent almost two years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges related to a dogfighting ring. Via Jason Bacon/Flickr

Unlikely is putting it mildly. In 2007, the then-Atlanta Falcons star pleaded guilty to felony charges related to his association with an illegal dogfighting ring. He served 21 months in prison — and another two months of home confinement — before returning to the NFL.

ESPN notes that this isn’t the first time that Vick has showed interest in legislation protecting the lives of animals. In 2014, he supported the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which made it a felony to take anyone under the age of 16 to an animal fight, and a misdemeanor for anyone to “knowingly attend” an animal fight.

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