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Legislature passes animal trust legislation

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A pet owner in Minnesota may soon be able to set up a legal trust to ensure their animals are cared for in the event of the person's death or incapacitation.

The legislation setting up the animal trusts has passed the House, and now, the Senate. The trusts ensure any money set aside for a pet, or pets, is dedicated to the animals' care. After the animal dies, the remaining funds are distributed among other heirs, or as directed by the trust or courts.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Minnesota is the last state in the country to adopt an animal trust law.