Michael Vick lobbies for law to protect animals in hot cars

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Quarterback Mike Vick #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stands on the sidelines during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 12, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

HARRISBURG, Pa.  — 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.