WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Wednesday's I-Team report on the death of nine dogs in Westfield raises some questions about what people should do when their pets die.
The MSPCA's spokesman Rob Halpin told 22News that there are no state laws requiring people let police know when an animal has died. But he said that some towns require kennel owners to report animal deaths.
Halpin also said that before you bury your pet in your backyard, you should check with your city to make sure you aren't violating any local environmental codes.
It appears Brenda Coggin was not violating any rules when she didn't tell police the dogs died. Officer Paul Pellan from the Westfield Police department told 22News that the city has no rules requiring kennel owners to report animal deaths. He also said that Westfield has no restrictions on where people can bury their pets.