My Pet Has Died. What Should I Do With Its Body To Avoid Breaking Any Laws?

If a domestic animal has died from disease its body must either be burned or buried at least 2 feet below the surface of the ground. You will be guilty of a misdemeanor if you dispose of your dead domestic animal in any public place, where the animal's body may interfere with human traffic or be eaten by another animal or bird.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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