Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
Misty Gardens Pet Cemetery and Domestic Animal Cremation in Winnipeg, Canada went through scrutiny because of what two pet owners stumbled upon.
After hearing that the Misty Gardens Pet Cemetery was ordered to clean up dog carcasses, Adele Yan, a dog owner, had to investigate the situation. Her family’s yellow Labrador, Otis, had died six months ago and he was supposed to have been buried at the cemetery during the springtime. But she was still waiting from the cemetery in regards to when he would be buried.
She went to the pet cemetery and found her dog’s remains in a torn garbage bag on the cemetery property. The bag was on a table inside the crematorium building which was owned by Domestic Animal Cremations.
Yan found several freezers filled with garbage bags of animal carcasses. She recognized her dog’s body by his brown nose and his paw which had blue ink applied to it to take a keepsake print.
Another pet owner, Sandra McLeod, went with Yan to find out what happened to her dog also. She became suspicious after she had her dog cremated and received her dog’s ashes. She didn’t think that the ashes were from her dog. She took the remains to the University of Manitoba and was told that the ashes were most likely from a cat and not her dog.
The woman who has operated Domestic Animal Cremation for the past 22 years, Gail Harrison, initially said that these reports were ugly rumors. The business was shut down two weeks prior by the Public Health Department. They discovered bags of rotting animal bodies at Harrison’s home, and
There could be criminal charges brought against Harrison.
The Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association said pet crematoriums are private businesses that are not regulated by provincial licensing standards.
Pet owners in the area are pushing for stricter regulations on pet crematoriums. Meanwhile, many pet owners who sent their pets to Misty Gardens wonder if the ashes they have are really those of their pets or just even where their pet’s ashes are.
Source: Winnipeg Free Press