Michael Vick, a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a former Atlanta Falcon, is calling on Pennsylvania lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow officers to rescue pets left in hot cars.
Vick’s Facebook page said Pennsylvania House Bill 1516 would let first responders to break a car window if they were in a situation where an animal needed to be saved.
“It seems easy to support, but surprisingly many animal welfare bills nationwide do not get enough attention to pass,” said Vick, who was a star quarterback in Atlanta when he pleaded guilty in 2007 to being part of a dogfighting ring. He ended up serving 21 months in prison.
Vick has challenged his Facebook fans to help him get the “Pets in Cars” bill passed by signing an online petition that he plans to deliver to state lawmakers.
“Then, we’ll move on to the next challenge,” Vick said. “Unlikely advocates, together we will be agents of change.”
A Vick spokesman said the back-up quarterback plans to meet with Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday to discuss the bill.
Since his 2009 release from prison, Vick has worked on a number of animal rights issues.