Quick Answer: Can You Bury Your Dog In Your Backyard In PA?

According to Kathleen Ryan, general counsel and chief operating officer of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, “There is no law in Pennsylvania against burying on private property.” Since Pennsylvania allows burial on private property, restrictions are left up to ordinances by counties and municipalities.

Is it illegal to bury a dead dog in PA?

Dr. Bruce Schmucker, a veterinarian for the Department of Agriculture, directed me to Pa. Act 100 — 1996, Subchapter E, a state law which defines domestic animals as any animal in captivity and further states “Disposal [burial] of dead, domestic animals must be done in accordance with water quality regulations.”

Is it OK to bury your dog in the backyard?

Backyard burial may seem like the easiest way to respectfully take care of your pet’s remains. Unfortunately, it can be dangerous for other pets and wildlife. In one case a family had their pet mouse put down and buried it in the backyard.

Can you bury a dog in your yard in Wisconsin?

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Even if you aren’t ready now, you can plan for your pets’ remains to be interred on the grounds of WHS in your own estate plans.

What are the dog laws in Pennsylvania?

All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed. Licenses are issued by the County Treasurer. All dogs must be under control and must not be allowed to run at large. Dogs are personal property, and owners are responsible for damages caused by their dog.

Why you shouldn’t bury your pet in the backyard?

Why the backyard isn’t best

Backyard burial may seem like the easiest way to respectfully take care of your pet’s remains. However this drug, pentobarbital, persists in the buried body of the pet for up to a year. Any animal scavenging on the remains will be poisoned by the euthanasia solution.

Can I shoot a dog on my property in PA?

Under Pennsylvania law, it is lawful for you to shoot a dog if it’s attacking you or another person or your domestic animal. If that’s the case then there is no crime, and you can put down the attacking dog. The aggravated cruelty to animals statute in Pennsylvania makes it a crime to torture an animal.

What do you do with a dead dog?

The options. Your local vet will be well placed to deal with dead dog disposal, and if you wish for it to be handled by them simply place a call as soon as possible. Your vet should then be able to organise the collection and subsequent burial or cremation, according to your preference.

Should I bury my dog in a plastic bag?

If you must bury a pet, secure them in a plastic bag (like a trash bag) and tie it so it won’t open. Bury them at least three feet deep, and again, away from any potential flooding area or you might end up living out a scene from Pet Sematary.

How long does a buried dog take to decompose?

It will possibly take from 6 months to 18 years for a dog body to completely become a skeleton. However, it depends on where the dog is buried and how it is buried. For example, if the dog was buried in a coffin, it will take a longer time for it to decompose.