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50.7 percent

January 22, 2013

New Jerseyans seem to dote on their pets as much as anyone, but according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Garden State has one of the lowest rates (50.7 percent) of pet ownership in the country, ranking 48th among states.

Vermont had the highest rate, with 70.8 percent. New York (50.6 percent) and Massachusetts (50.4 percent) had the lowest rates.

New Jersey is slightly more enamored with dogs than cats. It ranked 40th when it came to owning dogs, with a rate of 32.4 percent. When it came to cats, however, only 25.3 percent of households included a feline, ranking New Jersey 49th.

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