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Question DetailsAsked on 9/7/2014

can I bury my dog (in a casket) at home in my yard?

When my dog passes away, I want to bury him in the yard at home in his favorite outside play area. Is this permissible?

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Unfortunately, that depends on specific local laws - contact your planning and zoningdepartment I would say - or the local animal control department might know, or google your local ordinances for regs about on-site burial.

I know in our area is has to be buried at least 3 feet down to the top of body or casket but not below the water table, covered with at least 50 pounds of hydrated lime, then at least 1 foot of cobbles or large crushed rock or 4 inches of concrete (to stop scavenger animal digging), and marked with a burial marker indicating what type of animal is buried there and date. And of course cannot have had a communicable disease at time of death.

Also, in some jurisidctions a sketch map with measurements from benchmarks showing its location has to be recorded in the property plat file with the local recorder's office. In other jurisdictions on-site burial is illegal - you have to cremate and can bury or spread the ashes.

If allowed - suggestion, especially if you or vet does not have a deep freezefor temporary storage till grave is dug, or if your ground freezes in winter - dig grave and cover with substantial cover in advance, and keep a quite dry backfill pile covered with tarp so usable in frozen conditions.

Consider also possible effect on resale value, especially if required to have a marker over it, as this would inhibit some buyers, especially if not off in some remote corner of the property - much less of an issue with scattering of ashes, if that is acceptable to you.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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