NY rules pet cemeteries can take in humans

Headstones marking the graves of pets are spread

Headstones marking the graves of pets are spread throughout the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y. (Jan. 19, 2011) (Credit: AP )

New Yorkers may soon get the chance to share all eternity with their beloved pets.

A proposed rule would give pet cemeteries statewide permission to allow people to have their cremated remains buried with their pets, according to the Department of State.

The regulation would expand on agreements previously worked out with a few individual pet cemeteries.

The agency said other cemeteries have inquired about offering the joint burial option, prompting the proposed rule change.

It wasn't immediately clear when the new rule would take effect.

To ensure that the two kinds of cemeteries stay separate, only human cemeteries can market and charge for accepting human remains, the department said.

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