Vick to back anti-dogfighting bill

Michael Vick is expected on Capitol Hill Tuesday to endorse a bill cracking down on spectators at dogfights and cockfights, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Vick is scheduled to appear with Wayne Pacelle, the Humane Society's president and CEO, to back a bill that would make it a crime to attend a dogfight or cockfight or to bring a child to one.

U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania’s 10th district, and Betty Sutton, an Ohio Democrat, recently introduced the bill. The penalties in the bill include up to a year in prison for attending an animal fighting event, and up to three years for taking a child to such a fight.

Vick has worked with the Humane Society since serving a prison sentence for leading his own dogfighting ring.