NEW YORK — Pet owners in New York can now be buried with their pets.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation allowing people to be buried with their furry, scaled and feathered friends Monday. The bill only applies to cremated pets.
"For many New Yorkers, their pets are members of the family," Gov. Cuomo said. "This legislation will roll back this unnecessary regulation and give cemeteries the option to honor the last wishes of pet lovers across New York."
Pet owners who want to be buried with their pets need to receive written consent from the cemetery. The legislation only applies to non-profit cemeteries and does not apply to cemeteries owned or operated by religious organizations.
Cremated pets cannot be buried by themselves in cemeteries; the law only applies to pets buried with their owners.
“When this bill becomes law, owners and their pets will finally be allowed to have their pet interred with them," said Assemblyman James Brennan said. "The pet/caregiver relationship is a very special one and I am happy that this relationship will finally be honored.”