Woman’s will: Euthanize my dog, bury his ashes with me

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AURORA, Indiana (PIX11) — An Indiana woman apparently never wanted to be apart from her beloved dog — so much so that she wrote into her will to have the dog be buried with her when she dies.

Connie Lay died in November, but her dog Bella is still alive.

“(Lay) made provisions that in the event of her death, she wanted her very close friend to take charge of the dog,” Lay’s attorney, Doug Denmure, told WCPO. “…She also then requested that the dog be put to sleep, cremated and that the dog’s ashes be placed with her own ashes.”

Outrage is spreading across social media, and many are calling Lay’s decision selfish and unfair.


Bella could possibly be sent to an animal shelter in Utah, but if that option becomes to costly or “is not possible,” the dog will be put to sleep.

“Outsiders don’t have the grounds to rewrite the provisions of my client’s will and impose what they want,” Demure said.

The dog allegedly has a history of aggressive behavior, Demure told WCPO, and Lay didn’t trust him around other people.

Bella was scheduled to be put down on Tuesday, but the decision was halted. He is currently being housed at an Indiana shelter

It is unclear if Bella will be placed in a shelter permanently.





  • mpv188

    if it was my time to check out and my dog could continue making my family or someone else happy i’d want her to continue to live so that when it was her time, the person(s) who cared for her would return her remains to me when it was time to put her down.

  • Nina

    It’s not fair to the dog, he’s not ready to go let him make another family happy. I think that was selfish on her end.

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