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Is it legal to bury animals in a public/gov land?

post #1 of 10
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Our cat died... ;'(

A friend said to me: "you should bury her by your house on public land it's legal" - I was shocked at first of the idea...

but he said he did it and that it's legal...

I'd want to find out on the legality aspect...

it's NY State land - accessible to public big big woody park, and people rarely go in there...

Thank you all...
post #2 of 10
The best to tell you would be your local animal control. I know it is not allowed here for public health reasons - water table that sort of thing but I guess it would depend on the county / city etc
post #3 of 10
I agree, check with your local authorities first. There could be a permit or something you have to purchase, but every place is different.

I'm sorry about your kitty.
post #4 of 10
I think it illegal in my country. If it's private land with authorisation from the owner then it's okay.

Just outside of my city there is a 'pet cemetary'. It's illegal but we have burried several pets up there. Poeple make their own tomb stones and buy plaques. It's such a beautiful place, with some very pretty graves. The council and police turn a blind eye because there is nowhere else to do this sort of thing. The only other option is to have your pet cremated.

I hope it's legal for your benefit
post #5 of 10
I remember when I was a child, when we had practically a zoo in our house, we buried ours in a corner of our backyard by the garden. Mind you, this was in the 90s so things have changed with rules and all so I don't know what to say about now.
post #6 of 10
I know it is illegal in town here in IA. It's dumb if you think about it though, because farmers can burry piles and piles of dead farm animals and that's totally ok. We always burried our pets at my granny's farm, under the apple tree.

Sorry about your kitty
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
The best to tell you would be your local animal control. I know it is not allowed here for public health reasons - water table that sort of thing but I guess it would depend on the county / city etc
A grave off your own property also may not be a "final" resting place. My husband once found what looked like a fresh grave at our orchard. Because of its size, he notified the police, because it could very well have been a human. The police dug up the grave, which turned out to be a large dog's. If the owner had asked for our permission (we have pets buried there), that wouldn't have happened.

I'm sorry about your loss.
post #8 of 10
I'm so sorry about your kitty... when our Chavela died in 1989, when we still lived in Austin, we all helped dig a good deep place for her in the backyard, right at the edge of the concrete pad of a workshed, where no one would be likely to dig. Then we planted a white gardenia bush on the spot. I've been back since and peeked into our old yard through the fence, and the bush is still there, nice and big... so I'm sure Chavela is, too.
post #9 of 10
I'm sorry for your loss. Out of curiosity, why can't you bury her on your own land?

Like others said, ask y our local council first. At our last house we had a neighbour who buried his cats over the road in bushland, but it was also technically another neighbours front yard as she lived far back from the block, he said she knew what he was doing and he had permission, but then he was a liar, it isn't legal here. Always get information before you do something
post #10 of 10
Most times you can bury on your own property (backyard) up to a certain size with no problems. But you might want to contact your county and ask the general question.

IMO its better to just let a vet dispose of the body and you put a small stone/plaque, etc. in your yard in memory of the pet. Unless you want to pay money to have him/her buried in a Pet Cemetary in your area.
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