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SPCA Confirms Human Remains Found at Stanton Pet Cemetery

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People retrieving their pets' remains (Photo: WBOC) People retrieving their pets' remains (Photo: WBOC)

STANTON, Del. (AP/WBOC) - While the future of Delaware's largest pet cemetery remains unclear, the SPCA has confirmed that the cemetery contains human remains.


The SPCA's interim director Tiffany Briddell told the Division of Public Health in a letter that workers at the cemetery in Stanton uncovered a headstone with the name "Ms. Ligon" and her pet, Lady.


Records show a sculptor named Maurine Ligon buried her collie, Lady, at the cemetery in 1973. Ligon died in 1980.


Briddell told health officials the SPCA has applied to register the parcel and commit to its care. However, she says they do not plan to dig to confirm that Ligon's ashes are buried there.

As of July 5, the SPCA had still not found a buyer for the land containing the cemetery and the Stanton shelter. The agency said it would accommodate people who wanted to retrieve their pets' stones and/or remains, but that it was not necessary; according to the SPCA, it is possible that a potential land sale will not impact the cemetery grounds.

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