- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state may soon allow pet owners to spend eternity with their furry companions.

The state Legislature has passed a bill allowing cemeteries, except for religious ones, to offer people the option of being buried with the cremated remains of a dog, cat or other tame domesticated animal.

Cemeteries wouldn’t be required to allow pet remains.

Supporters say they expect many pet owners will embrace the idea. They say cemeteries should be free to offer the option.

The proposal is the latest in a series of measures honoring the bond between human and beast. Last year, New York lawmakers passed a law allowing dogs on restaurant patios. They also are considering a ban on cat declawing.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t weighed in on the cemetery bill.

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