Delaware SPCA: No Immediate Plans to Shut Down Pet Cemetery
Captain, the country's first state police patrol dog, is buried at the pet cemetery. (Photo: WBOC)
STANTON, Del. (AP/WBOC)- The Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it has "no immediate plans" to shut down its pet cemetery.
The organization announced last month that it would close its Stanton shelter, sell its nearly 21-acre property and consolidate operations at its Georgetown facility. At the time, the Delaware SPCA's then-executive director said the property was being marketed for $9.8 million.
The group said in a Facebook posting that following the Stanton shelter's June 17 closure, owners of deceased pets can set up appointments to retrieve headstones and pet remains if they choose, but removal isn't currently necessary since a buyer hasn't been identified for the land.
"If removal becomes necessary, we will make an announcement when we know more specific details and will give a reasonable time for owners to do so," the SPCA said.