You could be fined £5k for burying your beloved pet if it’s near water supply

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Losing your beloved pet can be a heartbreaking experience.

Some who are mourning the death of their furry friend might think to bury it in their garden.

But did you know this could land you a hefty fine if you're unsure of the strict rules behind burial?

It's natural for more people to want to bury their pet nearby so they have a spot to go pay their respects.

This is fine to do, but you will need to stick to some general rules or risk a £5,000 fine.

The government's Animal By-Products, there are four rules in particular to abide by.

Here are the rules:

  1. You must not bury your pet near a water source
  2. You must own the land where you make the burial
  3. The pet must be buried under at least 2ft of soil, if it's heavy soil, or 3ft if its lighter
  4. Your pet must not be "hazardous" – for example, if your pooch or kitty had undergone chemotherapy prior to its death

The statutory maximum amount to be fined for committing any of these offences is £5,000.

But you could even face up to three months in prison.

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Other pet-related behaviour that could land you a fine includes allowing your dog to poke its head out of the car window.

Rule 57 of the Highway Code warns drivers they shouldn't let their pet in the car, unless they use a seatbelt harness or a carrier.

It said: "When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly.

"A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars."

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