Pet Cemetery Had Right to Dig Up Dead Dog Over Unpaid Bill, Judge Rules

A municipal judge in New York state has sided with a pet cemetery sued by the owner of Dodo, a beloved mutt whose body was once buried there in an $500 casket beneath an $800 heart-shaped monument.

Because Man-Hung Lee hadn’t paid the annual $31 maintenance fee, Hartsdale Pet Cemetery dug up Dodo’s body, cremated it and sprinkled the ashes over the grounds. And it had a right to do so under state law, ruled White Plains City Court Judge Brian Hansbury. He also awarded the Westchester cemetery $145 in past-due fees, reports the New York Daily News.

Lee contended in her suit that a single $31 fee paid in 2001 was supposed to fund perpetual maintenance of Dodo’s grave.

“We are very upset with the decision,” her husband, John Tsun, tells the newspaper. “We just can’t believe it. It’s still a shock to us.”

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