Can I Bury My Dog?

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Can I Bury My Dog?

Before picking a final resting place for you dog, it is important to determine if local laws will permit you to do so. Most jurisdictions do prohibit burying an animal anywhere except an established cemetery.

What Are Pet Cemeteries?

A pet cemetery is just like a cemetery for humans. However, only pets are buried there. The cost to bury your dog in a local pet cemetery ranges from hundreds to several thousands of dollars.

Who Do I Contact to Find Out Where I Can Bury My Dog?

It is best to contact your animal control or county health department for specific laws on giving your dog a proper burial.

Are There Any Specific Instructions That I Must Follow?

In a jurisdiction that permits pet burials, you will have to place your dog in a deep hole. The hole must be away from water supplies.

What If I Am Not Allowed to Bury My Dog?

Some people are not interested in paying the expense associated with pet cemeteries. Many dog owners request a veterinarian properly dispose of their dogs. A veterinarian can make arrangements to have your dog cremated and the ashes returned to you. You will have the option to bury, keep or scatter your dog’s ashes.

Another option is to call your city. Some cities charge to dispose of your dog’s remains. You’ll have to ask your local health department or animal shelters about its animal disposal policies.

Should I Contact an Attorney about My Legal Rights to Bury My Dog?

Each jurisdiction has specific pet burial laws. For instance, in most states you cannot bury a dog in a public park. If you to bury your dog on your property or in a sacred place, you should consult a criminal attorney to make sure that you are not violating any laws restricting your pet burial. Any illegal pet burial will have some sort of criminal penalty. 

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Last Modified: 05-28-2015 02:14 PM PDT

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