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An Aurora, Indiana woman who died in November requested in her last will and testament that her dog Bella be buried with her.

One problem: Bella, the German shepherd, is still alive.

Connie Lay died Nov. 25. Her attorney, Doug Denmure, said Lay’s will stipulates Bella must be euthanized, cremated and buried with her – or sent 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. “…She also then requested that the dog be put to sleep, cremated and that the dog’s ashes be placed with her own ashes.”

Right now, the dog’s fate is in the hands of Lay’s friends and no decision has been made.

Denmure said Lay’s will gives her friend the option to send Bella to Best Friends Animal Society in Utah, but if that option is “not possible” or “too much expense,” the dog would be euthanized.

There is no deadline for Lay’s friend to make a decision, Denmure said.

In the meantime, Bella is being housed at PAWS of Dearborn County Humane Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

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