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Conn. bill would allow court advocates in animal cases

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Some Connecticut lawmakers want animal advocates allowed in court to act on behalf of an animal that's part of a criminal or civil case.

A proposed bill would amend state law and permit a Department of Agriculture veterinarian to be appointed a court advocate for an animal whose welfare or custody is the subject of a court proceeding, including animal cruelty cases.

Last week, state police arrested two men in connection with the shooting of two cows at a North Stonington farm. They were charged with cruelty to animals and other crimes. One of the cows had to be euthanized.

The owner of the cows, Asa Palmer, will join North Stonington Rep. Diana Urban at a news conference Thursday at the Legislative Office Building to draw attention to the bill.

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