NEBRASKA CITY- City commissioners denied Diana Yearsley’s request Monday to have her poodle Tiffany buried in a family plot at Nebraska City’s Wyuka Cemetery.
City Attorney David Partsch said current rules do not allow pets.
Partsch: “The rules and regulations of the cemetery board that burial is only allowed for humans in the cemetery. Therefore if you were to want to allow animals to be allowed to be buried in their own plots in the cemetery then the rules would need to be amended. “
Yearsley described Tiffany’s family life.
Yearsley: “I guess since it is a personal piece of property I would think I should be able to do with it for burial members of the family, which animals are considered members of the family.”
Mayor Bryan Bequette said he realizes Tiffany’s role in the family, but said he would also have to consider the other members of the community.
Mayor Bequette: “I fully understand your family beliefs and I appreciate that. But when I look at it there’s also people of this community who have been buried out at the cemetery for years and years. So I also have to think for their family’s perspectives as well as other people who are looking forward to buried in our cemetery, and I’m not sure all family members or all people look at pets in the same way as your family looks at them.”
Other options discussed by the board were:
- the cremation of a pet in which an animal could then be placed in the casket with their owner
- creating a “whole family” cemetery that would allow for pets to be buried along with humans.
- creating a pets only cemetery