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Owner of pet cemetery commits suicide after opening of investigation for fraudulent behavior — 6 Comments

  1. The company that contracts with the VCA where Kitten was PTS offers a witnessed cremations. This was NOT a pretty place with curtains and soft music of painted walls. It was an industrial building with three cremations ovens. One large for the mass cremations and large animals like horses. A smaller one meant for dogs and cats. About 8 go in on a large tray with fire bricks in between them. A grid is marked on paper on the work desk with the pets name , ID info. When it comes out the ashes are swept up and tagged by the grid. There are freezers to hold the bodies until they are processed and for the mass cremations where no one claims the pet or wants them back it’s sort of a pallet of black garbage bags waiting their turn. My understand is those ashes go to the landfill.
    The employee who was BTW extremely kind made do with a cart and a blanket to make a viewing for me in the middle of all this. Let me watch him footprint her. Take some hair and a second set of footprints on some parchment. He carried her so sweetly to that oven he had carefully cleaned in front of me to remove all previous ashes. Shut the door and started the oven It took a little over an hour for her. When the door opened it wasn’t a pile of ashes but a mound that still greatly resembled the shape of a cat. He swept them carefully into a box. From there to her little urn which was handed to me.
    For us it was about respecting her little body. Burying her outside was out of the question. She hated dirt. Preened constantly. Lived for the softest seat in the house. Housecats present a special dilemma.

  2. With all due respect to those with a different opinion, I grieve long after I’ve received ashes that were supposedly of my pets. I understand they are “only” ashes and perhaps they were “only” of my cat, but it doesn’t change the fact that someone was supposed to carry out a simple service that we pay a hefty sum for. It begs the age-old question: is nothing sacred? I’m not even a spiritual man but this hurts me deeply. I’ve had reasons to suspect such morally bankrupt crime was going on but yeah, one can rarely prove it save for the unique circumstance here. I once received a bag (in a box) of ashes that was huge compared to the cat’s body that I sent to them, and especially to the others I’ve received over the years.

  3. I have no desire for the ashes of my cat, or any loved one who has died. Having ashes in a container does nothing for me. Once I’m passed the initial grieving and acceptance, I move on. If I have a new cat or human relationship, my focus will be on them, rather than the one who died. My memories of the times we shared will hopefully remain….at least some of them.

    I have a feeling that there’s a lot of deception in the cremation business of pets, and humans. And a lot of manipulation of people’s emotions and vulnerability.

    And now we know that many dead pets aren’t actually cremated, but sold to rendering plants who supply pet food manufacturers. Many people don’t want to believe this; it’s too awful to consider. I’ve had friends say “Don’t tell me; I don’t want to know.”

    Would anyone cremate valuable pet remains when they could be sold? Maybe some, for the right price. Either way there is value in dead pets, for those in the industry.

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