Did you know, that burying your pet in your yard isn't legal in every state of the country? For real, some parts of the United States won't allow it. What about Michigan?

There is nothing worse than losing a pet, it's like losing a member of your family and it's awful.

See Also: Is It Illegal to Declaw Your Cat in Michigan?

After your pet passes away, you're left with the difficult decision of how to handle the remains. If you choose not to have your pet cremated or buried at a public pet cemetery, more than likely you'll want to keep them close to you and bury them somewhere in your yard.

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Is It Legal to Bury Your Pet on Your Property in Michigan?

Simply put, yes, it's legal to bury your pet on your property if you live in Michigan. However, there are a couple of rules that you'll need to follow.


According to Nursing Pets, in Michigan, your pets must be buried or disposed of within 24 hours. In addition, you have to bury them at least 2 feet deep and 2.5 feet away from other pet graves. Make sure to bury them away enough from a water source as well.

If you're renting a home from someone, you should probably get permission before you start digging holes for dead pets.

What States Don't Allow You to Bury Your Pet in Your Yard?

In some states, pet burial is illegal or partially illegal. Those states include the following:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Wisconsin

Some states don't have any laws regarding pet burial at all.

I grew up in the country and we never thought twice about burying our pets in the backyard. Every pet we ever owned is buried on my parents' property. It's basically a pet cemetery that dates back 40-plus years.

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You may have even seen a few of these in your home or around the state.

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Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

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