It's unclear if Emma ended up being laid to rest with her owner - but she wouldn't be the first.
Personnel at the Chesterfield Animal Shelter, outside of Richmond, VA, tried desperately to talk the executor of the woman's estate out of euthanizing an otherwise healthy animal. The shocking case of animal cruelty has left many people angry.
WWBT asked the question: "Is euthanizing pets to be buried with dead owners OK?"
Emma was placed at the Chesterfield Animal Shelter on March 8 - the same day the woman was found dead - and picked up two weeks later, Chesterfield County Police Department Public Information Coordinator Elizabeth Caroon told Oxygen.com in an email on Wednesday. The owner, the will's executor, the veterinarian.
Do you think Emma should have been put down? "I have cats but, I'd just want them to go to another family member that will take care of them".
"We did suggest they could sign the dog over on numerous occasions - because it's a dog we could easily find a home for and re-home", Carrie Jones, manager of Chesterfield County Animal Services, tells WWBT NBC. "Ultimately, they came back in on March 22nd and redeemed the dog". Adorable Bear Comes Close to Skier in California, Could Be Euthanised for Being Too Friendly With Humans (Watch Video). Larry Spiaggi, president of the Virginia Funeral Director's Association, says that it's illegal to put animal remains in a casket, while Virginia law states that with few exceptions, it's also illegal to bury human and animal remains in the same cemetery. The local news station reports that Emma's ashes were given to the representative of the estate. But a situation like this has once again raised the concerns about euthanising healthy pets. "She deserved to live a full, happy, healthy life". Pets can not be treated as personal belongings, they too have a life of their own, that does not depend on the lifespan of their owners for sure.