The Huffington Post website reports today (June 11, 2011) that a state agency has told New York's animal cemeteries to stop burying the ashes of pet owners alongside their beloved cats, dogs, and parakeets.
The ruling has blocked burials at the 115-year-old Hartsdale Pet Cemetery -- which claims to be the nation's oldest pet cemetery -- and has upset a woman who had prearranged to have her ashes interred there along with five pets.
"Suddenly, I'm not at peace anymore," Rhona Levy, 61, of the Bronx said yesterday.
Levy added, "You want to be with the people you are closest with, your true loved ones. The only loved ones I have in my life right now are my pets, which I consider my children."