burying your animal on your property

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mill girl

Townsend, GA

#1 Sep 14, 2011
someone told me yesterday that you can no longer bury your pet on your property in the state of georgia. does anyone know if this is true or false?
He ck

Jefferson, GA

#2 Sep 14, 2011
mill girl wrote:
someone told me yesterday that you can no longer bury your pet on your property in the state of georgia. does anyone know if this is true or false?
If you dont put up a headstone, whos to know the difference.

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#3 Sep 17, 2011
Animal Burial Restrictions

Used to be, you could lay Fido to rest in the field he had happily run through during his life. But no more - at least, not legally. Although enforcement is spotty, most towns and cities prohibit burying an animal anywhere but in an established cemetery.

Outside the city limits, you may be allowed to bury an animal as long as you meet county health regulations. That means, in all likelihood, that you must bury the dog fairly deep, and away from water supplies. Contact your county health or animal control department for specifics.

Most people ask their veterinarian to take care of disposing of their dog's remains. Many cities will also, for a fee of about $25 to $50, pick up and dispose of a pet's remains. You can find out local policy by calling your city or county health department or the community animal shelter

Hope this helps. Sorry about your loss.
apparently legal

Jefferson, GA

#4 Sep 17, 2011
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
4:28 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2010

A Griffin man digging a grave for a pet in his backyard unearthed a grenade Friday morning.

Jim LePore's dog, Cooter, had been ill. She passed away sometime after 2 a.m., he told the AJC.

Using a tiller, LePore was digging a burial spot for the American pitbull terrier.

"I picked up a football-size rock, a couple of cans," LePore, 46, said. "I thought,'somebody's buried some junk back here.' "

Another piece of "junk" turned out to be a hand grenade, possibly from the Vietnam War era.

"When I got about three feet deep, I hit something else," LePore said.

At first, he said he tossed it aside with a shovel. But when he took a closer look, LePore said the object looked like a grenade, something like he had studied years ago in a history class. The smooth object weighed a couple of pounds, and when he told his wife about it, she urged him to call 911.

Griffin police and fire officials arrived at the Hillwood Avenue home, and the GBI was called to the scene. Capt. Mark Gilreath with the Griffin Fire Department said the grenade was still capable of causing harm, prompting the GBI to get involved with removing the device.

The grenade was removed by the GBI with a remote, robotic arm, according to Cpl. Bryan Clanton with Griffin police. It was detonated behind the Spalding County Fire Department, Clanton said.

No one was injured in the incident, and no charges have been filed, Clanton said.

LePore said a GBI official told him the grenade may have been from the Vietnam era, and was likely buried by someone years before he bought the home four years ago. The home is more than 50 years old, LePore said.

"What's the chance of me digging that thing up?" LePore asked. "It's crazy."

When all of the excitement was over, and the grenade was gone, LePore said he went back to his original task of burying Cooter.

"I didn't want to bury my dog and then have to dig her up," he said.

Cooter now rests about 150 feet from the house.

Since: Aug 10

Dawsonville, GA

#5 Sep 17, 2011
I've got a pet cemetery here. At least 12 deceased pets. I would like to see the referenced law that says you can not do this.
When you let the vet bury your pet it is in a mass grave with everyone else's pet. They are not treated with any reverence.
Cremation is an option but that can be very expensive.
Brady

Dawsonville, GA

#6 Sep 17, 2011
Truthis Blairsville wrote:
I've got a pet cemetery here. At least 12 deceased pets. I would like to see the referenced law that says you can not do this.
When you let the vet bury your pet it is in a mass grave with everyone else's pet. They are not treated with any reverence.
Cremation is an option but that can be very expensive.
I have a pet cemetary also and have had for several years. I am going to keep doing what I have always done. If someone wants to arrest me then, go for it.

We have enough and more serious problems in this country without worrying about where someone buries their beloved animals.

Probably legislation by an over-zealous state representative when someone buried an ass in his front yard to make a point.
GA law

Jefferson, GA

#7 Sep 17, 2011
O.C.G.A.§ 4-5-3  (2011)

§ 4-5-3.  Abandonment of dead animals; requirements as to disposal generally; disposal in wells, open pits, or surface waters or on private or public property; disposal in city or county landfill

   (a) It shall be unlawful for any person who owns or is caring for an animal which has died or has been killed to abandon the dead animal. Such person shall dispose of the dead animal as provided for in this chapter or in rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter. Dead animals shall not be abandoned in wells, open pits, or surface waters of any kind on private or public land.

(b) No person shall dispose of a dead animal on the land of another without the permission of the owner of the land.

(c) Arrangements must be made with a city or county official in order to dispose of a dead animal in a city or county landfill.

§ 4-5-5.  Methods of disposal of dead animals

   Methods which can be used for disposal of dead animals are burning, incineration, burial, rendering, or any method using appropriate disposal technology which has been approved by the Commissioner of Agriculture. Disposal of dead animals by any of the approved methods must be completed within 24 hours after death or discovery. Dead animals that are buried must be buried at least three feet below the ground level, have not less than three feet of earth over the carcass, and must not contaminate ground water or surface water.

Since: Aug 10

Dawsonville, GA

#8 Sep 17, 2011
GA law wrote:
O.C.G.A.§ 4-5-3  (2011)
§ 4-5-3.  Abandonment of dead animals; requirements as to disposal generally; disposal in wells, open pits, or surface waters or on private or public property; disposal in city or county landfill
   (a) It shall be unlawful for any person who owns or is caring for an animal which has died or has been killed to abandon the dead animal. Such person shall dispose of the dead animal as provided for in this chapter or in rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter. Dead animals shall not be abandoned in wells, open pits, or surface waters of any kind on private or public land.
(b) No person shall dispose of a dead animal on the land of another without the permission of the owner of the land.
(c) Arrangements must be made with a city or county official in order to dispose of a dead animal in a city or county landfill.
§ 4-5-5.  Methods of disposal of dead animals
   Methods which can be used for disposal of dead animals are burning, incineration, burial, rendering, or any method using appropriate disposal technology which has been approved by the Commissioner of Agriculture. Disposal of dead animals by any of the approved methods must be completed within 24 hours after death or discovery. Dead animals that are buried must be buried at least three feet below the ground level, have not less than three feet of earth over the carcass, and must not contaminate ground water or surface water.
It looks like I'm good. Thanks for the info.
I do think this law must have been written by someone how lives where there is soft soil.
the dude

Hotchkiss, CO

#9 Sep 17, 2011
Don't bother to bury them. I have buried them before and the coyotes dig em up. Guess they gotta eat too just like the buzzards

“Skin a Floridian”

Since: Aug 09

Hiawassee, GA

#10 Sep 19, 2011
Iz puts some of the ole smelly Florida stinkin ones ins the ground ons tops of my hill. Doez you thinks they may fine me or somethin fer thays animals.
jon

Dahlonega, GA

#11 Sep 19, 2011
ACOG wrote:
Animal Burial Restrictions
Used to be, you could lay Fido to rest in the field he had happily run through during his life. But no more - at least, not legally. Although enforcement is spotty, most towns and cities prohibit burying an animal anywhere but in an established cemetery.
Outside the city limits, you may be allowed to bury an animal as long as you meet county health regulations. That means, in all likelihood, that you must bury the dog fairly deep, and away from water supplies. Contact your county health or animal control department for specifics.
Most people ask their veterinarian to take care of disposing of their dog's remains. Many cities will also, for a fee of about $25 to $50, pick up and dispose of a pet's remains. You can find out local policy by calling your city or county health department or the community animal shelter
Hope this helps. Sorry about your loss.
MY PROPERTY I OWN IT,I PAY THE TAXES I WILL BURY MY PET. SO LET THE LAW COME ON MY PROPERTY AND SAY THAT I CANT. THERE MAY BE TWO HOLES DUG.SO F-- THE LAW
Jimmy

Jefferson, GA

#12 Sep 20, 2011
jon wrote:
<quoted text>MY PROPERTY I OWN IT,I PAY THE TAXES I WILL BURY MY PET. SO LET THE LAW COME ON MY PROPERTY AND SAY THAT I CANT. THERE MAY BE TWO HOLES DUG.SO F-- THE LAW
Way to go .
tom

Munford, AL

#13 Oct 1, 2011
bury it where you want to
andy

Newnan, GA

#14 Jun 28, 2013
Pet smart charges 273.00 to cremate a large dog. More then 125 lbs. Also 100.oo for the nieddle to kill him. dig a hole can of gas Viking funeral.
andy

Newnan, GA

#15 Jun 28, 2013
petsmart charges 273 dollars to cremate a large over 125 lbs. Also charges 100 dollars to kill him. Can of gas large hole Viking funeral.
froggy

Dahlonega, GA

#16 Jun 28, 2013
andy wrote:
Pet smart charges 273.00 to cremate a large dog. More then 125 lbs. Also 100.oo for the nieddle to kill him. dig a hole can of gas Viking funeral.
Does topix have a jackass icon?
Larry

Stow, OH

#17 Jul 1, 2013
froggy wrote:
<quoted text>Does topix have a jackass icon?
It's good for you that they don't.
froggy goes a fishing

Alto, GA

#18 Jul 1, 2013
Larry wrote:
<quoted text>
It's good for you that they don't.

Here's his pic.

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii242/DEAD...
gamule

Dawsonville, GA

#19 Jul 1, 2013
do like he county does with deer just leave them on the side of the road and pour lime on them.no stink no fuss.

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