Proposed NY Law Would Allow People To Be Buried With Their Pets

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York state may soon allow pet owners to spend eternity with their furry companions.

The state Legislature has passed a measure allowing cemeteries to offer people the option of being buried with the cremated remains of a dog, cat or other tamed domestic animal.

Cemeteries wouldn’t be required to allow pet remains and religious cemeteries would be forbidden to do so.

Supporters say they expect many pet owners will embrace the idea, and that cemeteries should be free to offer the option.

The proposal is the latest in a series of measures honoring the bond between human and beast. Last year state lawmakers passed a law allowing dogs on restaurant patios. New York City restaurants were previously required to restrict dogs to the area outside the patio railing.

Lawmakers are also considering a ban on cat declawing. The bill is before both the Senate and Assembly but no vote has been scheduled.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t weighed in on the cemetery bill.

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