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Action to Save Pet Cemetary

In 1935, the Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park was founded in Elkridge, Maryland as one of the world's first pet cemetaries. In 1979 the decision was made to allow owners to be buried next to their pets, which made national headlines.

Approximately 22,000 animals and 20 pet owners are buried at Rosa Bonheur Memorial park, including Loki, a Prince George's County Police dog, a 29 year old champion Horse named Wiggles, Corporal Rex Ahlbin, a World War II combat dog who died during fighting at Guadalcanal, and Willie II, the beloved dog of former Governor and now Maryland Comptroller William Donal Schaeffer.

Since 2002, when the former caretaker left, the Rosa Bonheur Memorial Gardens has been left unattended. The current owners have no plans to maintain the cemetary, and there are rumors that it will be sold for commercial use. A recent visit to the cemetary finds grass so tall, headstones are obscured. Headstones and graves sunken into wet ground, fallen trees on gravesites, trash and debris scattered throughout the cemetary, markers and gravestones damaged.

This is a call for Maryland Attorney General Joe Curran and Steve Hannan, the administrator of the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs to take action now! Pet owners have paid to have their loved ones' grave sites maintained, and it is not being done. If the property is to be sold, then the owners (new or old) should be held responsible for interring the remains of both humans and pets and arranging for their placement in a reputable and well cared for cemetary, not mass dumped somewhere.

Society will be judged by how we treat our animals - Gandhi

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Latest Signatures

  • 05 January 20161000. Jes Moon
    Descration: How could you????
  • 01 January 2016999. Edward Leonk
    Please save this pet cemetary.
  • 30 December 2015998. Linda K
    I support this petition
  • 28 December 2015997. Ashley C
    I support this petition
  • 25 December 2015996. Patricia J
    How far must we sink when we start digging up our dead for commercial reasons. Surely there are other properties available in order to let the dead rest in peace.
  • 23 December 2015995. Shonda J
    I support this petition
  • 19 December 2015994. Elizabeth W
    I support this petition
  • 17 December 2015993. Mike W
    I support this petition
  • 28 November 2015992. Debbie G
    I support this petition
  • 20 November 2015991. Lillian Ms
    I support this petition
  • 13 November 2015990. Michael Jw
    It is a disgrace when owners and then elected refuse to acknowledge responsibility to do what is right, what has been promised to others who can't help themselves. Where do you fall?
  • 13 November 2015989. Kay S
    I support this petition
  • 10 November 2015988. Beverley F
    I support this petition
  • 09 November 2015987. Ashley R
    I support this petition
  • 07 November 2015986. Penny B
    This is a disgrace!
  • 04 November 2015985. Rita H
    Cemetaries should be preserved
  • 04 November 2015984. Dana G
    I support this petition
  • 11 October 2015983. Betty S
    There is a moral obligation to maintain this cemetary where remains of both pets and humans are.
  • 29 September 2015982. Renee B
    I support this petition
  • 25 September 2015981. Carol H
    If these people have paid money to have their plots taken care of, where did the money go? Everyone deserves dignity dead or alive. God created all of us with our own unique DNA, so that says something about how precious each and every living thing is to
  • 19 September 2015980. Kathy A
    Shamefull!!!!!
  • 16 September 2015979. Carina J
    I support this petition
  • 16 September 2015978. Ginny K
    I support this petition
  • 06 September 2015977. Brenda M
    I support this petition
  • 26 August 2015976. Garvin M
    I support this petition
  • 26 August 2015975. Sue E
    I support this petition
  • 19 August 2015974. Jm E
    I support this petition

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Leslie HubbardBy:
Entertainment and MediaIn:
Petition target:
Maryland Attorney General Joe Curran

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