September 16, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia animal lovers are trying to take the spotlight off Michael Vick and put it on dogs in need of homes.
The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is holding a tailgate party with more than a dozen dogs, including two pit bulls rescued from a Philadelphia dogfighting ring.
Vick is slated to make his debut with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night in a preseason game against Jacksonville. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback signed with the team after serving 18 months in prison for his role in leading a dogfighting ring.
Animal welfare officials say the event is intended to raise awareness of dogfighting. They say the 2nd Chance Dogs campaign will offer rescued pit bulls the kind of second chance Vick is getting.