Conn. considers court advocates for animals

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Man's best friend is lawyering up.

The Connecticut legislature is considering introducing the notion of animal advocates to its court system after Rhode Island made a similar move last year. State lawmakers have discussed making court advocates available in pet custody disputes as well as in animal abuse cases.

That prospect has animal rights supporters across the country optimistic that the practice could catch on, while lawyers and even some veterinarians question the wisdom of starting down what they say is a slippery slope.

Connecticut attorney Michael Hardesty says he has seen dogs used as "pawns" in divorce cases and supports legislation that would require courts to consider the best interests of pets in custody disputes.

Other attorneys, like Alton Abramowitz, say that's going a little too far.

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