Celebrity Pet Cemetery Overgrown Again

By Pat Lawson Muse
|  Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010  |  Updated 6:00 PM EDT
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Celebrity Pet Cemetery Overgrown Again

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Help cut the grass at the pet cemetery or Petey will haunt Montgomery County forever!

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It’s a sad ending for the pets and for the people who’ve buried their pets at Aspin Hill Memorial Park, an historic cemetery for celebrity and local pets, but lately, it’s become an eyesore of overgrown grass-covered graves.

Maintenance is once again a problem for those struggling to keep up the eight-acre tract. Last year, Montgomery County, Md., insisted the Humane Society repair or board up the cemetery’s dilapidated buildings. The landscapers mowed and trimmed the grounds for free. However, the weeds are back and donations have dwindled again, according to the Gazette.

In 2007, the county Humane Society became the third animal welfare group to take on the property’s upkeep. That was after the owner, Dorothy Shapiro, of Potomac, sought out someone to take care of the cemetery.

“They are under an obligation to preserve that property and restore it,” said Shapiro, who bought the property in 1988 to stop it from being developed. "That’s a sore point."

Other charities have shown an interest, but the overdue maintenance and lagging donations have discouraged them. Also, the Humane Society has been torn between two priorities: focusing on upkeep or concentrating on caring for the animals.

Right now, pets are still being buried at the cemetery, roughly one pet a month. However, the Humane Society hasn’t been able to sell plots because records kept by several previous groups are unclear on the location of plot lines.

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