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Many states have victim's advocates or child advocates, people in the judicial system who represent those affected by crime or abuse. Now, one state has created legal advocates for abused animals, an experiment being watched nationwide for success. 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.Williams agreed the charges were serious.According to a legislative report, there were 3,723 animal abuse or cruelty cases charged in Connecticut between 2006 and 2016 .
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