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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, October 14, 2013

New York Allows Human Burials at Pet Cemeteries


New York unveiled a new regulation this month which allows pet cemeteries to accept the cremated remains of the owners who wish to be buried forever beside their beloved pets.

This regulation was prompted by the state’s refusal to allow Westchester’s Hartsdale Pet Cemetery to accept the ashes of a former NYPD officer who wanted to be buried next to his three Maltese dogs.

The Department of State eventually relented and will allow owners to be buried with their dogs as long as the pet cemeteries don’t charge fees for human burials or advertise this service. 

See Nathan Place & Glenn Blain, Pet Cemeteries Will Now Accept Human Remains for Burial Alongside Beloved Family Pets, New York Daily News, Sept. 14, 2013.

Special thanks to Adam J. Hirsch (Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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