A hole of at least 2 to 3 feet deep is recommended for animal burial. In order to protect the remains from the elements and scavenging animals, it may be best to dig a hole as deep as possible.
As of 2014, there are no specific laws or rules in place regarding the specific burial practices of family pets. It is up to the pet owner’s discretion as to the proper place and depth of the animal’s final resting place. While a minimum depth of 2 to 3 feet is advisable, a deeper grave is safer and better protected.
It is important to protect the animal remains from scavenging animals and the elements. If a grave is too shallow, the remains are easily dug up. Heavy rains may bring the remains back to the surface, so digging a hole as deep as possible is the best technique.
Before digging, it is extremely important to know the exact location of any buried utility pipes and wires on the property. If unsure, it is always best to call the local city office or dial 811 to have local utilities mark the property free of charge. In addition, keep pet remains far away from any water sources so as to not contaminate local or municipal water supplies.