Is it illegal to bury a pet in your backyard in the state of Kentucky?

Asked almost 3 years ago - Louisville, KY

I live in an apartment, so I do not have a backyard. This is purely for research for my class.

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  1. Rixon Charles Rafter III

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Good luck with the research!

    I am licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, answering your query and my answer do not create an attorney-client... more
  2. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Pursuant to KRS ยง 263.160 (2011), Operations exempt from law, a dead animal must be delivered to a proper facility for disposal. So, although it doesn't say precisely, I think the answer is no, you cannot. On the other hand, it happens so unless you bury the animal too close to a water source, it somehow fouls your neighbors property, or you don't bury it deep enough and it is dug up by other animals, you are probably okay.

    If you want a definitive answer, contact the Kentucky Bar Association:

    If we do not have a signed fee agreement I am not your attorney and this is not legal advice.

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