NJ lawmaker wants to repeal dog census law

(AP) - A New Jersey assemblywoman thinks it's timeto do away with the state's dog census law.

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande has introduced a bill torepeal the 70-year-old law that requires towns to count pet dogs atleast every two years.

The Republican from Freehold says the law is outdated and mostlyignored.

It was enacted at a time when rabies was a real threat tohousehold pets and was seen as a way to make sure owners got petstheir shots.

But it's gone largely unenforced as the rabies threat hasdeclined and local governments have become reluctant to spend themoney to send someone door-to-door.

State health department figures show that only 81 of the state's566 municipalities did a count in 2009.

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