Human remains stop sale of US pet cemetery

2016-08-03 18:09


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Stanton - A mystery involving a Delaware pet cemetery has now been solved.

An 8ha  graveyard the SPCA hoped to sell for nearly $10m contains about 1 600 buried animals, and, as it turns out, one human.

Some had said it was "absurd" to think sculptor Maurine Ligon was buried next to her dog. But some remembered her ashes being scattered there in 1980.

When brush was removed, they found the headstone of "Ms Ligon" and her pet collie, "Lady."

Delaware law allows the sale of land including buried pets, but not buried people, unless their remains will be forever protected. That's difficult with scattered ashes.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the group's director, Tiffany Briddell, formally promised to protect Ms Ligon's burial site, potentially complicating a sale.

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