WASHINGTON, March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Wednesday, March 9th. "Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful." Whatever is the merit in the remark by the late advice columnist Ann Landers, there are few bonds of esteem stronger than that between owners and their dogs. But that relationship comes with responsibilities. One was set this week in 1894, when the first statewide dog license law was enacted by New York. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was designated to carry out the provisions of the law. In big cities, the fee was $2 a year. There are an estimated 78 million dogs in U.S. households. Devoted dog owners — in both senses — spend an annual average of $225 or much more on visits to the nation's 30,000 veterinary services offices. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 1172
Ann Landers/accessed 12/31/2015: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/annlanders132029.html
NY law/accessed 12/31/2015: http://famousdaily.com/history/ny-state-first-dog-license-law.html
Dog population and costs/accessed 12/31/2015: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/pet_ownership_statistics.html
Veterinary establishments/NAICS 54194:
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau