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    Closed pet cemetery, crematorium under investigation - Prayers pls for owners & pets

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/st...t-remains.html

    Closed pet cemetery, crematorium under investigation
    Last Updated: Friday, August 17, 2007 | 5:00 PM CT
    CBC News

    Manitoba Conservation is investigating a pet cemetery and crematorium near La Salle, Man., that has been closed after people complained their their pets' remains were treated poorly.

    Conservation officials closed Domestic Animal Cremation Aug. 3, after an inspection in July.


    Adele Yan (left) is comforted by Sandra McLeod after the two discover the body of Yan's dog in a garbage bag on a counter at the pet crematorium and cemetery Thursday evening. (CBC)

    Department spokesman Mike Gilbertson said the owner has been ordered to shut down the company's incinerator until the facility is cleaned up and the department's concerns don't stop there.

    "When our environment officers served this order to the operator, they discovered some further information at her residence that prompted them to bring in the public health inspectors," he said.

    "Subsequent to that, a medical officer of health order was issued under the Public Health Act dealing specifically with the disposal of animal carcasses at the residence and at the crematoria property."

    Two pet owners looking for information on the remains of their animals' bodies visited the facility, which includes the Domestic Animal Cremation and Misty Gardens Pet Cemetery, Thursday evening with CBC News.

    They found freezers containing dead animals, barrels of what appeared to be bone and ashes, a huge tub of stinking, rust-coloured liquid, and an open shed full of containers marked "biohazard" and packed full of syringes.

    Pet owners devastated

    Adele Yan's dog Otis died in February; burial services for him were scheduled and cancelled several times in recent weeks. When Yan last tried to call the company, the owners' phone numbers were out of service.




    A large plastic pail of what appeared to be ashes and bone was found on the property of the pet crematorium. (CBC)


    When Yan visited the crematorium and pet cemetery with CBC Thursday evening, she found Otis's body lying in a plastic bag on a counter.

    "That's my dog!" she wailed, seeing the muzzle and paw of the Labrador retriever poking out of a black garbage bag; the dog's paw was identifiable by blue ink used to take a keepsake paw-print.

    "It's horrific, absolutely horrific. I can't imagine people would do this," Yan said.

    "It was total disregard for him, but we've got him and that's what's important now."

    "I was floored. I couldn't believe it was like that," said Sandra McLeod, who visited the site Thursday to find out what happened to the remains of her dog Kiya, who died in July.

    When McLeod first received what were supposed to be her dog's ashes from the crematorium, she was suspicious, so she sent them to a scientist at the University of Manitoba. The ashes were determined to belong to a cat, McLeod said.

    Humane society ends contract

    The Winnipeg Humane Society ended its long-term contract with Domestic Animal Cremation in July.


    Pails marked 'biohazard' and full of syringes were found in an open shed at the facility. (CBC)

    "We had problems with their service. They weren't picking up on time, we had trouble getting ashes back. They weren't respectful of the animals when they picked them up and load[ed] them into the truck," said society veterinarian Erica Anseuw.

    The society is planning to conduct inspections of the handlers of deceased animals in the future, Anseuw said.

    "In light of this, I think we will be, with our new service, periodically investigating to make sure that things aren't deteriorating. We didn't have problems with Domestic a few years ago. It's just been a recent problem. So I think just to prevent it getting to that point, I think we're going to start."
    Buyer beware

    Iain McIver, owner of Precious Pet Cremation in Winnipeg, says there is an element of "buyer beware" to the business and the public should look into a facility before using it.

    "Crematoriums, they should be open, there should be nothing hidden," he said.

    "If you would like to come out and see how things are run, you should have the opportunity to be able to come out and have a look at it."

    Pet cremation is a growing industry, as people begin to desire the same kind of burial options for their pet as they are offered for human family members, McIver said.



    Adele Yan kneels near the body of her dog, Otis. She removed his body from Domestic Animal Cremation and Misty Gardens Pet Cemetery with the permission of police. (CBC)

    In order for such a business to open, the provincial conservation and labour departments inspect all equipment, he added.

    "After that, once a year they come back and inspect and take your stack emissions and everything else and make sure that you're still within regulations," he said.

    An official in the conservation department says Domestic Animal Cremation passed its annual inspection in April, but was re-inspected in July after a complaint was filed.

    CBC tried to contact the owners of the pet crematorium and cemetery, but they did not respond.

    One owner told a Winnipeg newspaper she had been running the business properly.
    "To begin, begin." ~William Wordsworth

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    This is so unbelievable, enough to make one sick. I feel so sorry for that poor woman,discovering her dog's body that way---I would be devastated also.
    I hope the owner gets what he/she deserves for such cruelty and disrespect.
    Thanks for posting this Cathy, makes one think about details when thinking of cremation for a pet.

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    A family pet of ours, Chelsea, was "cremated" at this place, after not recovering well enough from an surgery that she had to remove a blockage in her intestine.

    My grandparents got the papers in the mail the other day to fill out if we want to have the ashes tests. I'm almost too disturbed to find out, but I would like to know. Ultimately though, it's up to my grandparents.

    I'm glad this place is going out of business.


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    This is aimed at all pet owners-- wake up! Even if you get your pet privately creamated by a "reputable" vet, chances are they aren't giving you ashes belonging to your pet. Fact of life, sorry to say.
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    I beg to differ. I'm sorry if you've had those kind of experiences, though.


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    But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window." -- Steve Bluestone

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    This is really disturbing and terrible new I want to have my Bobo's ashes when he passes away someday, but news like this makes me scared that maybe it won't be his ashes that I get.


    Kalei
    I will love you forever Bobo

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    This place did creamations for the Humane Society - a big organization, but it sounds like they did them for vets as well.

    This is a good time to ask your vet where cremations are done and how you know you are getting YOUR pet back.

    Cole is due for his checkup later in Sept - I'll ask my doctor then.

    I would hope a lot of vets have their own crematorium?
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    The last place I worked ran their own crematorium and had two options...a private cremation, where they did exactly that and gave you back YOUR pet's ashes...or a communal cremation, which was inexpensive, and many animals were cremated together and each owner got some of the mixed ashes.

    I don't know how most crematoriums operate, but it seems that if they're going to do communal cremations they need to let the owners know.

    This place...I don't even have words for this...it makes me want to cry just thinking about it.

    Thank you Wolf_Q!

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    My vet does private and communal cremations as well and gives you the option. I can't even begin to IMAGINE the horror and grief those people are going through. I always do private cremations and have Casey's cremains to prove it. Because I move around alot (or did up until now) I could never bury my pets. Having Casey's ashes in a beautiful wooden box with a gold heart on it gives me reassurance.

    Personally, I think greed got the best of them. That's sad.

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    Well, my vet actually used Misty Garden's, but before they went down hill, switched to a new place. So hopefully, Misty Garden's weren't idiots then. But... I have a feeling we're going to get some results we may not want when we send in the ashes. We're going to send in some of Chelsea's fur that we have saved in with "her" ashes.


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    Those bastards!

    My heart goes out to those pet owners. I've had my pets cremated and I can only begin to think of how balistic I would go if I found out that happened to one of mine.
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