DENVER - Shelter dogs and cats could be designated Colorado's state pet under a bill being considered by lawmakers.
The bill up for a hearing Wednesday in a House committee is being proposed by Colorado schoolchildren.
The bill would give the honorary title to draw attention to adopting cats and dogs. The pet designation comes because Colorado already has an official animal, the Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep. Colorado also has a state bird, the lark bunting, and an official fish, the green cutthroat trout.
The pet designation passed the Senate on an unrecorded voice vote.
Some senators complained that the designation is a distraction from more important matters facing Colorado. But supporters say the bill helps schoolchildren learn about the legislative process and sends a positive message about caring for animals.
Senate Bill: http://goo.gl/JWuah