Survey ranks W.Va. 8th in nation for pet ownership

CHARLESTON (AP) — A new survey shows that West Virginia is a pet-friendly state.

The survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association shows about 62 percent of West Virginia households own a pet. The association’s U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook ranks West Virginia eighth in the nation for pet ownership.

West Virginia ranks fifth for dog ownership and sixth for cat ownership.

According to the sourcebook, 45.8 percent of West Virginia households own a dog and 38.1 percent own a cat.

Vermont is top-ranked for pet ownership, while Rhode Island has the fewest households with a pet.

The veterinary association conducts the survey every five years.

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