CAPE CORAL— Because the fate of a Cape Coral Pet Cemetery is unknown, distraught pet owners are going to the cemetery and digging up their beloved pets. But digging up the pets is a serious health risk if not done properly.
It's not unusual to watch someone walk through the Cape Coral Pet Cemetery.
"She was only 10 years old and she was part of the family and we loved her," said Bart Moudy.
But what Bart and Jerry Moudy are about to do is unthinkable. The Moudy's are digging up their dog.
"I'm scared of what's under there," said Jerry.
The future of the cemetery is uncertain.
"We paid $500 to have her put here," said Bart.
Recently the owner put the property up for sale and since has disappeared.
"I can't believe it. I can't believe anybody would do this. There should be a law for this," said Bart.
There are very few laws that govern pet cemeteries, but there are some major health concerns about what Bart is doing.
Every year, pets are euthanized through the humane society. Tracy Jones says you have to handle the body with care.
"They need to take precautions because whenever you are exposed to decomposing remains there is going to be bacteria involved. So they need to protect their hands, they need to protect their face," said Jones of the Lee County Humane Society.
Once you have the remains, Jones says you have two options.
"If you have a yard, if you have a home, you can put your pet in your yard. I would suggest you do that," said Jones.
The other option is to have the remains cremated.
But first you need to find your pet.
"They said all her toys were going to be put in her grave with her," said Bart.
The Moudy's dug three feet down and two feet across where their pet was supposed to be buried.
"Oh my God. I can't believe this," said Bart.
Bart found a rug he had never seen before – and a piece of plastic.
"I didn't do this, I didn't do this Chi-Chi," said Bart.
There was no casket, no bones, not a single toy – only a cemetery marker to take home.
If you plan to dig up your pet and bury them again, state law says they must be placed two feet underground.
Because of our investigation into the cemetery, the state is sending an inspector to make sure that the remains that are brought up and disposed of are done so safely. There is also discussion that the cemetery owners should have to locate pet owners and notify them of what is going on.
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Rhonda....what a horrable thing to happen//What I cant believe that no laws to protect people with this thing...sad...and all the money dupped out of grieving pet owners...its a disgrace...thanks for posting it so we can all have some thing to think about...and warn others of...im still shaking my head
I am so sorry for these people who intrusted thier pets to this place. I don't live too far from there. I have my pups euthinized by the vet (if necessary) and then they are placed in my yard. This way I know where they are.