Michael Vick throws supports behind animal welfare bill

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PITTSBURGH, PA - This story almost seems like it should have its own verse in Alanis Morissette's song "Ironic": Michael Vick, who spent nearly two years in prison for dog fighting, is now supporting an animal welfare bill.

"I know that I`m an unlikely advocate," Vick, now a backup quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said. "I was part of the problem when I was at my lowest."

House Bill 1516 would make it a crime to leave pets inside hot cars.

"Too long we've seen this happen in over the summer months," said Rep. Kevin Schreiber, the bill's sponsor. "We have similar legislation for winter."

Schreiber says he's happy to have the unlikely Vick backing the bill.

"I would welcome anyone to support this bill along," said Schreiber. "More power to him if he can bring his celebrity status. Whatever gets it across the finish line is what's important."

Sounds like Vick is barking up the right tree this time.

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