If you’re not a billionaire and can’t clone your beloved Jack Russell terrier, there’s now another way for New Yorkers to spend all of eternity with their pets: Get buried with Buddy’s (or Kitty’s) cremated remains. Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law Monday, saying in a statement, “[T]his legislation will roll back this unnecessary regulation and give cemeteries the option to honor the last wishes of pet lovers across New York.”
The law removes the prohibition (remember Leona and Trouble?), except at religious cemeteries. Cemeteries still aren’t required to accommodate these burial requests, and pet owners must first get written consent from the cemetery, and they’ll have to pay for the costs of interring both man and man’s best friend.