DENVER (AP) -- Shelter dogs and cats could be designated Colorado's state pet with a bill under consideration by lawmakers.
The bill up for a hearing Wednesday in a House committee is being proposed by Colorado schoolchildren.
Colorado already has an official state animal, the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and a state bird, the lark bunting. Opponents of the bill say it creates a designation for a business transaction and that some of the shelter dogs and cats are possibly not even from Colorado.
Supporters say the bill helps schoolchildren learn about the legislative process and sends a positive message about caring for animals.