When it comes to animal abuse, many dogs have suffered at the hands of humans. These cases are heartbreaking and […]
When it comes to animal abuse, many dogs have suffered at the hands of humans. These cases are heartbreaking and tragic, and call upon people to make a meaningful effort to not only prosecute these cases but to also ensure the animals have an advocate to speak on their behalf. In Manchester Connecticut, a woman named Jessica Ruben is working for dogs to ensure they have a voice in court for animal abuse and neglect cases.
When Jessica is not trying cases in court or teaching law at the University of Connecticut, she is working to get justice for the dogs and cats who so desperately need her help. She works with law enforcement and rescue agencies not only for justice, but also to find suitable homes or shelters for the dogs. The state of Connecticut recently passed a law that makes it the first state in the United States to allow judges to appoint lawyers or even law students as dog or animal advocates. These individuals can represent the animals in cases of neglect, cruelty, and abuse.
The law was inspired by a dog named Desmond, who tragically died in 2012 from abuse. More and more, the criminal justice system has realized the importance of giving animals a voice and providing much needed support for animal victims. In Connecticut, this new law that protects animals is being closely monitored by officials in other states in the hopes of enacting laws throughout the country. The law relies heavily on volunteers and animal advocacy groups in order to help with gathering data so that cases can be prosecuted the fullest extent of the law.
Local animal groups and animal lovers everywhere have praised the state of Connecticut for their work in not only giving animals a voice, but also to ensure they receive the justice they truly deserve.