Pet owners prefer lower-cost cremation in poor economy

08/1/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

More pet owners are choosing cremation over burial for their pets. "The economy is cutting them back from spending $800 on a burial compared to an $80 cremation," said Mike Detlefsen, president of Pet Haven Cemetery & Crematory. At Sea Breeze Pet Cemetery in Huntington Beach, Calif., the owner said some people who own plots aren't using them because burials cost too much.

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