The Connecticut Legislature may soon consider a bill to appoint legal representatives for pets in court cases such as custody battles and animal abuse cases. Rhode Island instituted pet legal representation last year, and the Michael Vick dogfighting case involved a representative for the interests of the dogs. Advocates say such a measure would ensure pets are treated humanely and fairly in court, but opponents say it will further complicate standing laws, adding unnecessary costs and administrative responsibilities to an already overwhelmed system.

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