In New York, Pet Owners Can Now Be Buried With Pets

State puts new rules into place

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 14, 2013 1:53 PM CDT

(Newser) – Make room, Fido. New regulations will allow New York animal lovers to spend eternity with their pets. The only catch: Pet cemeteries can only bury pet owners' ashes as long as they don't charge a fee for it and don't advertise human burial services. New York's Division of Cemeteries put a halt to human burials at pet cemeteries in 2011 after an AP story about the practice. It later relaxed the ban on a limited basis and began working on permanent rules that got finalized this month. The Daily News, which talks to one pet cemetery owner who says he gets five or six such requests per year, has more details.

In this file photo, headstones marking the graves of pets are spread throughout the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y.
In this file photo, headstones marking the graves of pets are spread throughout the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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