Is It Legal To Bury A Beloved Pet In Your Yard In Utah?
Losing a pet is hard. Regardless of what other people may say, the grief is real and it feels just like losing a member of your family. It feels that way because it’s true.
Although there are many businesses in Utah and across the country that specialize in cremation and memorials for deceased pets, pet cemeteries are not common at all.
But what if you don’t want cremation? Does that mean you have to put your beloved pet in the garbage? The very thought is out of the question! You wouldn’t put grandma out on the curb, so why would you put fluffy there?
According to Utah.gov, it is perfectly legal to bury your deceased pets on your own private property, as long as it is done within 48 hours of the animals passing, or within 48 hours of the discovery of the animals passing.
Note: this law only applies to land that YOU OWN. It is against the law to bury a pet on property that belongs to someone else without the landowners consent. So if you rent your home, you will need the landowner's consent.
Also keep in mind that if you are a member of an HOA, they may have additional restrictions as well.
Yeah, But HOW?
Experts recommend that your pet should be buried in something that is biodegradable such as cardboard, wood, or a towel.
Experts also recommend that you bury your pet at least 3 feet underground, as to avoid other animals trying to dig it up, or the remains being accidentally unearthed in some other way.
If you are currently grieving for a furry friend who has recently passed, we hope this information will help you find some peace during this difficult time.