Prior blog posts have focused on child advocates who work to protect the best interests of children.  A Connecticut law, the first of its kind, expands that idea and provides animals with court-appointed advocates to represent them in abuse and cruelty cases.  According to an article published by AP,

There are eight approved volunteer advocates across Connecticut — seven lawyers and a University of Connecticut law professor, working with her students. It’s up to a judge to decide whether to appoint one, but they can be requested by prosecutors or defense attorneys. In the first six months of the law, advocates have been appointed in five cases.

Delaware, is generally pet friendly. In fact, the Animal League Defense Fund ranked Delaware 15th in the nation for animal protection in 2016.  We will have to wait and see if Delaware follows Connecticut’s lead on animal advocacy in court.


Leslie Spoltore is a Partner with the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP.  Leslie practices in Fox Rothschild’s Wilmington, Delaware office.  You can reach Leslie at (302) 622-4203, or