(NYDAILYNEWS) — Pet owners can now spend eternity in the dog house.

A new regulation unveiled by the state this month would allow pet cemeteries in New York to accept the cremated remains of human beings hoping to be buried forever beside their beloved family pets.

The new rules resolve a two-year-old dispute that began when the state refused to allow the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Westchester to accept the ashes of a former NYPD officer who wanted to spend his afterlife with his three Maltese pups.

The cop’s niece, upstate attorney Taylor York, took on her uncle’s cause and battled the state to allow the burial.

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