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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