New legislation has been passed in New York enabling owners to be buried in the same cemetery as their pets.
According to the bill, which Governor Andrew Cuomo signed on Monday, the owner must obtain written consent to be buried with a cremated pet.
Cemeteries must also place pet internment in their maintenance funds.
The legislation applies to not-for-profit cemeteries, but not cemeteries owned by religious groups or institutions.
"For many New Yorkers, their pets are members of the family," Governor Cuomo said.
"This legislation will roll back this unnecessary regulation and give cemeteries the option to honor the last wishes of pet lovers across New York," added Cuomo.
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