Someone Keeps Vandalizing a Pet Cemetery in Cedar Hill

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Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project, via Facebook
"I felt very violated" -- Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project founder Theresa Brandon on a recent rash of vandalism.
The Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project has already saved southern Dallas County's premiere pet cemetery once. A year ago, the threat came from years of neglect and a property developer, Fazel Rahmani, who didn't realize the parcel of land he was bidding on at the steps of downtown's George Allen courthouse was an animal resting place. "If they had told me it was a cemetery, I wouldn't touch it," he sheepishly told The Dallas Morning News after ending his bidding war against the nonprofit group.

Now, volunteers must cope with a second threat: vandals. They came to the newly restored burial ground last week and destroyed, damaged, or tipped over more than a dozen headstones.

"I was very upset," Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project founder Theresa Brandon told CBS 11. "[I] felt very violated for this park and for all the people who have trusted their animals and the remains of their animals here."

The Morning News has a full inventory of the damage. Ginger, the dog Frank and Yukiko Bava buried there 35 years ago, suffered the worst of it, with her statue smashed to pieces and a memorial plaque ripped off and thrown in the grass. Others -- Sissy, Little Butch, Poco Teka -- were also disturbed.

Cedar Hill police are investigating the vandalism, which bears all the hallmarks of being the work of bored teenagers. Whomever they are, they are in dire need of an education on the perils of messing with pet burial grounds. Never a good idea.


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pchbanapple
pchbanapple

"Bored" teenagers? Is that what they're calling psychopaths nowadays, bored?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

A pet cemetery is really just another form of littering, isn't it? We have crematoriums for this. Of course, I think in-ground burials should be banned for people, too. A large metal vault enclosing a chemically treated casket with a chemically treated body inside? What an environmentally irresponsible way to attempt to stave off the finality of death.

CedarHill
CedarHill

That's because it's in Cedar Hill.

The local crime division is "ON A BUDGET"; must be small.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Wow!  Big Kitty is beside herself.  She's rounding up a bunch of cats to hide out in the graveyard and scare the be-heebies out of those little bastards.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I have a solution for some bored teenagers ... how about an orange jumpsuit and picking up roadside litter for a month ...

Rudy Cruz
Rudy Cruz

But the graves were disturbed from UNDER THE GROUND!!

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

You saw what happened when they built the Overlook Hotel on sacred Indian burial grounds.

"Danny, come and play with us.  Come and play with us, Danny... forever.. and ever.. and ever......."

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