Many people who lose a pet want to keep them close after they are gone - and bury them in a plot in the garden.

But experts have warned the move could see you fined £5,000 - or even jailed.

There are legal requirements that must be followed and failure to do so could prove costly, reports The Mirror.

The burying of animals is covered under The Animal By-Products Regulations and failure to comply could see you hit with a hefty fine.

What are the rules?

Should you bury your pet without following these rules, you can face a maximum fine of £5,000, or three months’ imprisonment.

It is recommended you bury the body either in a plastic bag, a metal box, or a wooden box.

This, paired with the deep burial, means your animal’s remains are less likely to be disturbed by other creatures.

Additionally, it is advisable to cover the burial spot with stones, a slab, or a paving stone to again ensure the spot cannot be disturbed.

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