Michael Vick atoned for his public mistreatment of animals Tuesday by lobbying for pet safety in Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' backup quarterback was in Harrisburg, the state capital, to advocate for PA House Bill 1516, which would make leaving a cat or dog unattended in a hot car a summary offense.

It also would protect first responders from any liability involving property damage from rescuing pets in those situations.

"I know that I'm an unlikely advocate," a Vick representative said, according to ESPN. "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."

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