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Pet owners, deceased pets can now be buried together

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - The New York State legislature has made it legal for pet owners to be buried with their deceased animals.

Beginning in August, pet cemeteries will be allowed to accept the cremated remains of people. 

The regulation which was proposed last fall and recently adopted does not allow pet cemeteries to charge a fee for a human burial and cannot advertise human burial services.

But state lawmaker Assemblyman Tom Abinanti told the NY Daily News the state has no authority to tell pet cemeteries not to charge for human funerals.

He supports a bill allowing pet cemeteries to charge "a reasonable fee" for human burials.

The NYS legislature passed the regulation following a three year long battle between the niece of an NYPD officer and the Hartsdale cemetery in Westchester County. 

NYPD Officer Thomas Ryan wanted to be buried with his wife and his three Maltese dogs, but the cemetery would not allow it. The state eventually relented and allowed the burial at Hartsdale, the oldest pet cemetery in the United States.

Celebrities including Mariah Carey and Diana Ross have buried their pets at Hartsdale. Founded in 1896, more than 80,000 pets including dogs, cats, lizards and even a lion cub have been buried there.

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