Last month, we brought you the story of Judy Hagan. Her beloved rat terrier died eight years ago, and she buried him in her local cemetery in 1999 with the city’s permission. Initially, there was controversy over this because of her dog’s name: Sh**head.
On the tombstone, she had inscribed: In Memory of Sh**head.
Some residents in this Kentucky town were offended by the name on the tombstone and thought Hagan should change the name on the tombstone. Hagan refused and said her dog’s name wasn’t Poophead; her dog’s name was Sh**head.
But now, there are others who are more upset about the fact that a dog is buried in a human cemetery.
A priest from a neighboring town, Father Gerald Baker, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Uniontown, Kentucky (the city that Sh**head is buried in) and Hagan for allowing a dog to be buried near a veteran’s memorial. He said this is a complete nuisance.
Father Gerald Baker asked: “What are we saluting? A flagpole with a monument to the dog? It’s offensive. Any Christian, any American should understand why this is offensive.”
He demanded that the dog’s body and headstone be removed. He said other states have laws banning pets in human cemeteries and he hopes that Kentucky will enact similar legislation.
Hagan said she has every right for her dog to be buried there.
“What right does he have to come to this town and put somebody else down for something they have done that he knows nothing about. It’s not a disgrace. I didn’t do it for a disgrace. If that’s the way people wanna take it, then that’s their problem,” Hagan responded.
The city of Uniontown will now have to defend a previous administration’s decision to allow Sh**head to be buried in the cemetery in court and to the public.
The mayor of the city said: “It’s a terrible thing, and I understand and respect everybody’s feelings on that, but the way we have to react to it is legally. To go out there and move something if she has true rights, we’re doing wrong.”
Source: First Coast News