Indiana police dog buried with handler after new law takes effect

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — A former Michigan City police dog has been buried in the same cemetery grave as his former handler.

The Michigan City News-Dispatch reports the cremated remains of Henry were buried on Friday at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens in Michigan City at the grave site of former Michigan City Police Officer Rob Grant, who passed away last year.

Henry passed away about a month later and Grant’s family had been holding on to the cremated remains of the 13-year-old dog, hoping to one day bury him with Grant.

The remains of animals and humans have always been prohibited from sharing the same grave in Indiana. Officer Grant’s family and friends approached State Rep. Scott Pelath, asking him to propose a bill to change the law.

The law unanimously passed both chambers at the Statehouse, Governor Mike Pence signed “Henry’s Law” into effect.

The law allows the cremated remains of law enforcement animals or service animals to be buried in the same grave as their owner or handler. The law went into effect on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.