Pet Cemetery Exhumes Deadbeat Dog

Court rules in its favor
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2010 7:19 AM CDT
A dog howls in a pet cemetery in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Hartsdale Pet Cemetery was perfectly justified in digging up a dead dog whose owner hadn't paid the upkeep fees on his grave, a New York judge ruled today. Man-Hung Lee had spared no expense for her beloved dog, paying $190 for the plot, $500 for his coffin, and $800 for his heart-shaped headstone, the New York Daily News reports. But she'd thought she only needed to pay one $31 upkeep fee on the plot—it was actually $31 a year.

“We are very upset with the decision,” says Lee's husband. “We just can't believe it. It's a shock to us.” But Hartsdale, the oldest pet cemetery in the country, was “delighted” by the ruling, its president said. “A pet cemetery is like a co-op apartment,” he explained. “Only here, someone has to cut the grass and rake the leaves.” (Read more pet cemetery stories.)

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