January 15, 2013

W-w-wh-oof? CT stuck in canine doghouse

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Bloomfield's Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation recently took a new litter of nine, eight-week old puppies to visit with children and families in Newtown.

Connecticut is next to last among dog-friendly states, about the same doghouse it was in five years earlier, an updated pet ranking shows.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has released its U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, which revealed that Connecticut ranks 49th for pet ownership with 28.3 percent of households owning a dog.

In 2006, which was the last time the veterinarians' group put together the sourcebook, Connecticut again made the bottom 10 list of dog owners, ranking 47th with 28.9 percent of households owning a dog.

The survey is conducted by the AVMA every five years and always includes a breakdown of pet ownership by state.

The most recent survey, conducted in 2012 but based on Dec. 31, 2011 pet-census data, pegs the top 10 pet-owning states: Vermont where 70.8 percent of households owned a pet; New Mexico , 67.6 percent; South Dakota, 65.6 percent; Oregon, 63.6 percent; Maine, 62.9 percent; Washington, 62.7 percent; Arkansas, 62.4 percent; West Virginia, 62.1 percent, Idaho with 62 percent, and Wyoming with 61.8 percent.

The 10 states in 2011 with the lowest percentage of pet-owning households are: Rhode Island where 53 percent of households owned a pet, Minnesota with 53 percent, California with 52.9 percent, Maryland with 52.3 percent, Illinois, 51.8 percent, Nebraska, 51.3 percent; Utah, 51.2 percent, New Jersey, 50.7 percent; New York, 50.6 percent; and Massachusetts, 50.4 percent.

The District of Columbia had a far lower rate of pet ownership at 21.9 percent.

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