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Protecting Pet Cemeteries

Those who bought lots at places like the Oakleigh Pet Cemetery deserve to know the final resting place of their pets will be protected.

The Oakleigh Pet Cemetery, located in the 8400 block of Oakleigh Road in Parkville, is one of the only cemeteries of its kind in Central Maryland.  It is the final resting place for hundreds of dogs, cats, and other pets.   Unfortunately, the property has deteriorated for years, leading to thousands of dollars in fines from Baltimore County government.  This WBAL-TV report from three years ago vividly describes the problem.  

Current zoning at this three-acre site is DR 5.5, which would allow a 15-unit development to be built there, irrespective of environmental constrants. Because of the uncertain future of this property, I will be asking my colleagues on the County Council to downzone the Oakleigh Pet Cemetery to DR 1, the lowest possible level of residential development. DR 1 would allow, at most, three houses to be built there if the land were to be sold for development.

I am also sponsoring legislation that would provide protections for anyone who purchased lots at the cemetery. At the August meeting of the Baltimore County Council, I will submit a bill that requires a pet cemetery owner to notify lot buyers if the cemetery is ever sold or used for a purpose other than a pet cemetery. The legislation also requires compensation for those who purchased lots. 

The Oakleigh Pet Cemetery, like human graveyards, is supposed to be a place of serenity and beauty.   I believe we owe it to pet lovers and the surrounding neighborhood to clean up the cemetery and place limitations on future uses.

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Concerned Parent July 25, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Have you strolled around that pet cemetery? I grew up in the Ridgeleigh Community (or as we all call it The Oaks) on Oakleigh Road. We used to play in that graveyard as middle schoolers. The graves are from about 1980 and prior. Those animals have been gone for a very very long time. I now live just down the street from the cemetery in the Oakleigh Manor community. I pass it every day on my commute. I have never seen anyone go there to visit a grave of their lost pet. I've watched the property deteriorate for 30 years. Please let the owners sell it and someone put up some nice new single family homes to raise up the property values in our neighborhood.
David Marks July 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I sure have strolled around the cemetery, and I have talked to the residents who must look at it every day. The deterioration has worsened over the past decade. The zoning change will still allow development at the site, but not 15 houses crammed into the property. The number would drop to 5 houses. And the bill would not prohibit development; it just says that the propertyowner must make a reasonable attempt to notify those who invested money on lots, and to compensate those people in some way. That seems very reasonable.
Bonnie Lantz August 03, 2012 at 06:48 PM
My Grandmother has a pet buried in this cementary. I have to deed verifying the location.,She is long deceased. Who owns the cementery?
Bonnie Lantz August 03, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I am a concerned citizen following this legislation
pet memories September 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Pet Cemetery, located in the 8400 block of Oakleigh Road in Parkville, is one of the only cemeteries of its kind in Central Maryland. Its a good place for dogs,cats and other pets.for more info about the pet in any case so just look at it:www.petmemoriesok.com

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