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Proposed bill would let owners be buried with their pet

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BOSTON (AP) — Pet owners who want to spend eternity next their beloved dog or cat could get that chance under a bill being considered by Massachusetts lawmakers.

The bill would let cemeteries offer areas for the "co-internment of both human and animal remains," including cremated remains.

The bill was the subject of a public hearing at the Statehouse Tuesday before the Committee on Public Health.

Supporters say allowing the burials will help pet owners honor the strong bonds they have formed with their pets.

Cemetery owners said there are other religious and environmental concerns with allowing animals to be interred in areas traditionally meant for human burials.

A second bill under consideration would require companies that cremate pets be registered with the state and use video footage to document each animal's cremation.

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