Florida Legislature Passes Pet Burial Law

If bill is signed by governor, dogs can be buried with owners.

Posted: May 8, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

Florida residents who want to be buried with their dog – or any other pet – would be able to under legislation that was passed by the state Senate last week and is waiting for the governor’s signature.

The burial provision was included in a cemetery regulation bill by state Sen. Jim King, who says he wants the ashes of his black Labrador Retriever, Valentine, to join him in his coffin.

If Gov. Charlie Crist signs the bill, people will be allowed to have the remains of their pet included in their casket as long as the remains have been cremated and are in a separate urn.

Under current state law, a licensed cemetery can house only human remains and burial grounds want to allow pets usually set aside plots outside the official cemetery.

The Florida Senate voted 38-1 in favor of the measure on May 2. There’s no word yet on when Gov. Crist might review or sign the bill.


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Bob   Little Rock, AR

9/9/2009 12:20:28 PM

I think that pets, if they are not too large, should be allowed to be buried in the casket with their owner if the pet died first. The animal could be cremated are freeze dried. If the animal died later than the owner, it should be buried at the foot of the owner's grave with an optional tombstone. I have a pet toy poodle that I dearly love, and I would like to spend eternity with him. When I asked if the dog could be buried at the foot of my grave, I was told that the cemetery was for "Human Beings" only. Apparently these people are not aware of the practices of the ancient Egyptians or our American Indians. The only difference is that I would not have the animal killed but live out its natural life.

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Yvonne   Palmdale, CA

8/6/2008 9:50:03 PM

All for it. Any place in California that allows pets with people??

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Yvonne   Palmdale, CA

8/6/2008 9:49:28 PM

All for it. Any place in California that allows pets with people??

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Whitney   Beaumont, TX

5/8/2007 10:25:54 PM

If anyone knows please let me know, but what I was wondering is if Texas allows you to be buried with your pets. Thanks

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