Push made for Forest Hill pet burials

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford. The entrance to Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia is pictured recently.

Pomfret town officials may allow pet burials in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Deputy Town Supervisor Ann Eckman told the town board Wednesday, “The sexton has received inquiries from people who own plots in Forest Hill on whether people can bury pet cremains.”

She added, “I don’t have any objection to it as long as they are in the plot with no additional markers.”

Eckman said she was looking for the board’s feedback on the matter. The consensus seemed to be that pet burials should be allowed — after the town and the cemetery work out guidelines, such as how many pets can be buried in a plot, and figure out how much they are going to charge for the privilege.

“I’m OK with it as long as we are following New York state guidelines on it,” board member Brett Christy said.

Eckman stressed, “We are not burying whole bodies, only cremains.” She said pets could be interred at the same time their owners are, or they could be buried at a later date on top of, or next to, their owners.

No formal action was taken Wednesday, but Eckman said she would continue to investigate the details of allowing pet interments in the burial ground.

The cemetery, opened in 1854, is within the village of Fredonia limits, but is administered by the town of Pomfret.