- Associated Press - Sunday, March 1, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some Connecticut lawmakers are joining forces with animal rights groups to push for legislation aimed at protecting animals.

Several bills are being considered this session that relate to animals, including one that requires proper shelter for dogs in extreme weather. Other bills would provide court advocates for animals and prohibit the use of the jail-diversionary program known as Accelerated Rehabilitation in animal cruelty cases.

Another proposal would prevent insurers from refusing to provide homeowners coverage if certain dog breeds reside at the home.

Westbrook Sen. Art Linares, North Stonington Rep. Diana Urban and Fairfield Rep. Brenda Kupchick scheduled a news conference on March 6 to voice support for the legislation. They’ll be joined by representatives from animal shelters and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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