Pet Cemetery Faces Conversion to Condos

Cat owners are being told to retrieve their animals.

Posted: March 07, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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Cat owners who buried their pets at the Paradise Pet Cemetery thinking it would be their final resting place are in for a surprise: The cemetery is being converted to condominiums.

Imtiaz Ahmed, the land owner of the 57-year-old West Palm Beach, Fla., cemetery, is trying to get the word out through the local media that owners of pets buried on the land have a few months to remove their pets.

“They can just come and dig, absolutely,” Ahmed told the Palm Beach Post.

Ahmed said that when he bought the 5-acre lot in 2002, he was unaware that the cemetery was on it. He still owns the cemetery.

Unlike some other states, Florida does not require pet cemetery owners to get a permanent designation for the land and it’s up to individual counties in the state to regulate the cemeteries’ operations, according to the Palm Beach County Health Department.

Currently, there are about 200 animals buried on the property. Ahmed says he’s giving owners of buried pets three to six months to retrieve their animals before going forward with his plan to build 58 condo units on the land.

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Mary    Rockford, IL

5/14/2007 5:00:56 AM

This story is really sad.

samamtha    edmonton, AL

3/8/2007 12:04:03 AM

i hope that everyone moves there anmals but what will hapen to those that do not get moved?

statia    edmonton, AL

3/8/2007 12:00:44 AM

it is sad that the animals have to be moved but at least the land ownser is givingpeople time to get them if they want to.

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