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Can I bury my pet in my garden?

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Published 07/10/2021
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Pets are often thought of as members of the family, so it can be extremely difficult to cope with the loss when they pass away. Some pet owners like the idea of burying their pet in the garden of the house they lived in; this keeps them close, and allows them to remain in the home they loved. However, there are rules and regulations to be followed if you wish to bury your pet at home.

Most of the rules are simple and make sense; the remains must not be buried near a water source, they must be buried beneath 2-3ft of soil, you must own the land, and the animal must not be hazardous to bury. For more information see this Mirror article: Burying a pet in the garden could land you a £5,000 fine unless you follow certain rules

It is also advised that the remains be placed in a bag or box before they are buried, to avoid them being disturbed by other animals.

If these regulations are not followed, you could face a fine or even a short imprisonment. You do not need permission or planning consent, you are free to bury your pet in your garden as long as the rules are followed, which may help to give you peace of mind after their death.

Alternatively some people choose to get their pet cremated, and either scatter the ashes or keep them in their home. This means that if you were to move home in the future you could take the remains with you, which you would be unable to do if you buried your pet.

If you have lost a pet recently and are struggling to cope with your grief, take a look at our blog on how to cope with the death of a pet: How to cope with the death of a pet

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