New York to allow pets to be buried with their owners

We all love our pets; in many cases, they're part of the family. This new law, signed in by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, certainly proves that.

On Monday, Cuomo approved legislation that will allow people to be buried with their pets. There are specifics to the measure however: cremated remains of the pet may be placed with owners in one of the 1,900 cemeteries in the state. The cemetery must approve the request as well.

The law does not apply to cemeteries owned by religious organizations or societies.

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An ostrich pulling a wagon for the Cawston Ostrich Farm of South Pasadena, California, c. 1915. Photograph, private collection. (Photo by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)
Eunice Padfield and her horse thrill the holiday crowd as they plunge from a high platform into a pool of water below, Pueblo, Colorado, July 4, 1905. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
circa 1955: Young chimpanzee Kokomo Jnr sits in a chair wearing glasses and holding a comic book at his owner's apartment in New York City. (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)
A new breed of chauffeur takes the wheel. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Asta, a wire-haired terrier, jumps to avoid being vacuumed up. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4697 - Circus Dogs At Home - pub. 1949 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Sunlamp therapy for a pig provided with protective goggles in an animal ambulance in Ilford, London. Photography. About 1935. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) [Hoehensonne fuer ein Ferkel: Behandlung eines mit Schutzbrillen ausgestatteten Schweins durch eine Krankenschwester, ebenfalls mit Schutzbrillen, in einer Tierklinik in Ilford, London. Photographie, um 1935.]
A man appears to have a dog's head at Cruft's Dog Show, 1987. (Photo by Michael Ward/Getty Images)
1st March 1949: Farmer Mrs Maud Lee and her daughter Pat enjoy elevenses at their farmhouse in Keynsham, near Bristol, with their pet lamb Betty. (Photo by Burchell/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
26th September 1931: A man cycling through London's Battersea with a greyhound draped over his shoulders and a puppy tucked inside his jacket. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Profile view of a dog, in a hat and eyeglasses, with a cigarette in its mouth, 1923. (Photo by National Photo Company/Interim Archives/Getty Images)
American silent film actress Phyllis Gordon (1889 - 1964) window-shopping in Earls Court, London with her four-year-old cheetah who was flown to Britain from Kenya. (Photo by B C Parade/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) USA Florida Miami: Turtle-race at the beach, two women standing on giant turtles - undated - Photographer: Carl Fernstaedt - Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by Carl Fernstaedt/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
A young chimpanzee is given a haircut and manicure, circa 1930. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 9/14/1953-Berlin, Germany: A proud member of the West Berlin Police Force sits astride his motocycle ready to take off for a display of unusual skill and daring. He's the only policeman on the force permitted to smoke on duty, and the privilege is accorded Kuno because he is the official police dog of the force. The german shepherd will star in the forthcoming police sho at Berlin's Olympic Stadium. BPA 2 #3148
1957: Broadcaster Jill Summers of the television show 'Summer's Here' puts her pet Pomeranian dog Bonnie in the oven on a tray. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
circa 1925: Oblivious to her surroundings, a woman checks her lipstick with a handheld mirror whilst sitting on the back of a giant turtle behind bars in a zoo. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1930: Fully dressed chimpanzees sit on chairs and kiss. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Three years ago, a similar law was approved: pet cemeteries may allow cremated remains of owners to be placed with their pets.

Cuomo said this legislation comes from New Yorkers identifying as loyal pet owners. "For many New Yorkers, their pets are members of the family," he 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."

George Webster, President of the New York State Association of Cemeteries, acknowledges the important bond between pet and owner. He released a statement on Monday, stating, "From companion animals to retired military service dogs, this new law honors the memory of the special relationships that exist between New Yorkers and their pets."

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