This a sad topic, but something many of us sadly deal with in our lives. The short answer to the question "Can You Legally Bury Your Dead Pet In The Backyard In Illinois" is yes, but there are some limits and guidelines you need to follow.

In Illinois, state law does require an animal owner to dispose properly of a carcass within 24 hours of learning of an animal's death.

Burial Requirements

This is the basic state law,

By law the burial must be on the premises owned and operated by the owner of the dead animal. Producers must ensure appropriate burial depth as well as distance from streams, potable water supplies and residences and all other rules found in the Illinois Dead Animal Disposal Act Section 90.110, On-The-Farm Disposal.

It should be noted that a city or town may have additional ordinances that regulate or prohibit burial within the city or town limits. You can learn more about Illinois here.

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Denise McQuillen

Illinois is a bit stricter compared to other states like Iowa. Honestly, Iowa is very simple and basic. The state requires the disposal of any dead animal within 24 hours of its death as well. You must do one of the following, according to an ISU write-up on the matter:

The disposal can be by composting, cooking, burying, or burning or by disposing of it to a person licensed for disposal of animals.

Yep, they said cooking. yikes... now

Dead Animal Disposal Act

As said before, If a pet does pass away, the owner is required to dispose properly of the deceased pet within 24 hours of learning of the animal's death. You can learn more about the DADA here.

It's never fun to talk about, but now you know.

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