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New regulations allow NY animal owners to be buried with pets

Albany, N.Y. (AP) - New regulations will allow New York animal lovers to spend eternity with their pets.

The Daily News reports that officials have finalized rules allowing the state's pet cemeteries to accept the cremated remains of humans.

The cemeteries will be allowed to bury pet owners as long as they don't charge a fee for a human burial and don't advertise their human burial services.

New York's Division of Cemeteries put a halt to human burials at pet cemeteries in 2011 after an Associated Press story about the practice, but then relaxed the ban on a limited basis and began working on permanent rules.

Owner Ed Martin of the 117-year-old Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Westchester County says the cemetery gets five or six requests a year from humans who want to have their ashes buried with their pets.

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