Deceased woman’s will requests for still-living dog to be buried with her

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AURORA, Ind. – A woman made a request in her last will and testament that has caused some issues.

Connie Lay passed November 25, and according to her attorney, Doug Denmure, she said that Bela must be euthanized, cremated and buried with her, or he can go to an animal shelter in Utah.

“(Lay) made provisions that in the event of her death, she wanted her very close friend to take charge of the dog,” Denmure said, according to WCPO . “…She also then requested that the dog be put to sleep, cremated and that the dog’s ashes be placed with her own ashes.”

At this time, no decision has been made yet, and Bela is currently at PAWS of Dearborn County Human Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Denmure said the shelter in Utah was only an option if it was within cost.

According to Denmure, his client didn’t trust Bela around others and called her “potentially dangerous.”

He also said that Bela was home when Lay passed and “no one could enter the house because they were concerned the dog would attack.”

Denmure said he was surprised at the reaction of his client’s request as it is completely legal since Bela is considered property of Lay’s estate.

PAWS also released a statement that Bela is just staying there while legal decision are made, but if the time comes for euthanasia it will not take place at their facility.