Together forever: N.Y. allows human ashes to be buried in pet cemeteries
In this Jan.19, 2011 file photo, headstones marking the graves of pets are spread throughout the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y. The New York State Cemetery Board has proposed regulations that will once again permit pet owners to have their ashes interred with their beloved animals in pet cemeteries. (AP / Seth Wenig)
Published Saturday, September 14, 2013 2:13PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, September 14, 2013 7:57PM EDT
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New regulations will allow New York animal lovers to spend eternity with their pets.
The Daily News reports that officials have finalized rules allowing pet cemeteries to accept the cremated remains of humans.
The cemeteries can bury pet owners' ashes as long as they do not charge a fee for it and don't advertise human burial services.
New York's Division of Cemeteries put a halt to human burials at pet cemeteries in 2011 after an Associated Press story about the practice. It later relaxed the ban on a limited basis and began working on permanent rules.
Ed Martin, owner of the 117-year-old Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Westchester County, says he gets five or six requests a year from humans who want to have their ashes buried with their pets.