Michael Vick spent nearly two years in prison after pleading guilty in 2007 to federal conspiracy charges over his role in a dogfighting operation, so this news from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler is just a little surprising:

Vick is scheduled to meet with Pennsylvania lawmakers Tuesday in support of PA House Bill 1516, or the pets in cars bill, which would give police officers authority to rescue dogs and cats from cars due to unsafe temperatures.
“I know that I’m an unlikely advocate,” Vick said through a representative. “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.”

As Fowler notes, Vick also publicly supported the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which makes it a federal crime to attend an organized animal fight. It was signed into law by President Obama in February 2014.

Vick has been trying to rehabilitate his public image ever since his guilty plea, as he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in August after signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers:

“I just try to make it right after going through what I went through, after what transpired,” Vick said Wednesday after his first practice with the Steelers. “The best thing to do was make amends for what I did. I can’t take it back. The only thing I can do is influence the masses of kids from going down the same road I went down. That’s why I work with the Humane Society and affecting a lot of kids’ lives and saving a lot of animals.
“We’ve had lot of a progress. We’ve been able to change some laws and do some great things that I’m very proud of. I never thought I’d be doing that.”
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