Pet owners face £5,000 fine for common act when grieving for their animals

A PERSON has warned grieving pet owners they could face huge fines of £5,000 for doing one simple thing.

Across the UK, many Britons mournfully choose to bid farewell to their beloved animal appropriately.

Pet owners can be fined up to £5,000 for a common act of grieving a lost animal


Pet owners can be fined up to £5,000 for a common act of grieving a lost animalCredit: Getty

This may include a small burial in the back garden – but, Hayes Garden World Angela Slater warns people may not know that they are breaking some rules.

“It’s completely understandable that you’d want to bury your pet in your garden – it’s private, personal and can be much cheaper,” says Angela.

“But what a lot of people don’t know is that you’re not allowed to bury a pet if you live in a rented house, because they’re not technically your property.

“Similarly, avoid burying your pet in public as it is illegal.

“We recommend that burials should not be exposed to any water source and be buried at least three feet deep in light soil for protection from scavengers.

“Improperly burying a pet can land you a fine of up to £5,000.”

This comes as other pet owners have been warned about seven places where you risk being fined just for walking your dog.

The top places where dog walkers are prone to fines are cemeteries, fast food chains and supermarkets, the researchers say.

In addition, dog drivers could expect to pay £5,000 if their furry friends are caught sticking their heads out a window.

The Highway Code stipulates that they must be restrained in vehicles to avoid causing an accident.

Meanwhile, Britons who refuse to do one simple thing could face a £1,000 fine for hanging out with their pet.

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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