News: Pet Cemetery to Dig Up 1,000 Animals

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Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

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Purred: Sun Jun 18, '06 4:57pm PST 
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Nila Negri grieved her two dogs and a cat years ago, when they were buried at the lone pet cemetery among 17 human graveyards in this town known as the "City of Souls."

Now she is back at the Pet's Rest cemetery, sitting on a gravestone, head in hands.

Some 1,000 animals buried here have to be dug up and moved because they were buried on leased property, and the landowner, a local real estate firm, wants to use it for human graves.

For Negri and the other owners, the prospect of seeing the animals exhumed stirred up grief they thought had been put to rest.

"I don't want anybody touching my pets," said Negri, who has lived in San Francisco since 1949.

Nearby, piles of freshly turned earth and cracked stone slabs marked places where animals had recently been removed, and a miniature coffin scarred with rust sat in the grass.

Pet's Rest owner Phillip C'de Baca sent letters in May to the pet owners buried at the graveyard's eastern end, giving them 15 days to choose between two free options: relocation or cremation.

Frantic pet owners recently staged a rally at the cemetery, and they are exploring legal options to stop the exhumations, said Cathryn Hrudicka, whose buried her dog Poquito at Pet's Rest.

"At no time was I told he was being buried on leased land," said Hrudicka, 53.

C'de Baca said he thought he'd be given the chance to buy the land once the lease was up. But the owner, the Cypress Abbey real estate firm, plans to use it as a human cemetery, said its attorney David J. Friedenberg.

"They've been waiting to get their property back," he said.

According to the lease agreement, Pet's Rest was required to notify everyone with animals buried on the leased land that "all rights of interment" would expire on May 19. Many with animals buried there said they were never notified.

California has no state regulations governing pet cemeteries, said Kevin Flanagan, a spokesman for the state's cemetery and funeral bureau.

Grief counselors who deal with pet loss say mourning a pet is as natural as mourning a person.

"It's like losing another child," said Dr. Carol A. Brothers, a clinical psychologist who specializes in grief and trauma. But, she said, "it's a disenfranchised grief."

Negri's cocker spaniel Rusty, her poodle Gigi, and her cat Morden are among the 13,000 animals buried at Pet's Rest. Her husband and parents are also buried in the city, which became a magnet for cemeteries after a San Francisco law passed in 1900 prohibited the burial of human remains within city limits. ...


♥ Simbas Lucky- Wife! ♥
Purred: Sun Jun 18, '06 8:59pm PST 
Creepy! Sad! Ew!

Member Since
Purred: Sun Jun 18, '06 9:02pm PST 
That is very tragic. I'm sure the pet owners thought they were buying a plot for their pet when they got them, not knowing the cemetary owners didn't own the land. No telling how much the owners of the cemetary made in this little scheme.

Azurine- Ambrosia

Purred: Thu Jun 22, '06 5:47am PST 
that is so sad Bluie

Pumpkin(In- loving- memory)

Spotted- Spectacle
Purred: Thu Jun 22, '06 9:26pm PST 
Thats really sad.


I'm such an- Angel
Purred: Fri Jun 23, '06 8:37am PST 
Thats so sad. Thats why mommy and daddy have their passed away burried in grandma's back yard where they will always stay and there is lots of room. And since the house will probably stay in the family they can always visit them.

Beatrice- (Miss You!- '94-'12)

The very Beast- of all

Purred: Fri Jun 23, '06 1:21pm PST 
Our family used to always bury pets in our mom's grandpa's back yard. Now, the local airport is buying his land and tearing down his house to build a longer runway. We just hope they don't have to tear up the ground where the graves are. :-(

I agree with the guest--this was a big scam. People were sold plots by someone who didn't own the land themselves. I hope there are serious consequences for the people responsible.


Purred: Sat Jun 24, '06 11:10am PST 
That is so sad :_(