OAP ‘devastated’ at dog mess on grave

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AN ELDERLY woman was “devastated” to discover that a dog owner had allowed their pet to defecate on her family’s grave.

The woman, who doesn’t want to be named, was upset and angry when a friend who had visited Spalding cemetery told her what had happened.

She said: “I’ve haven’t stopped crying over it.

“It’s disgusting and has really upset me.

“My mother, husband and son are all buried there and to think that someone has let their dog do that to my family’s final resting place is devastating.”

The woman, who is 79 and lives in Spalding, is disabled and unable to get to the cemetery regularly.

She said: “I rely on my son to tend to the grave for me but he lives away so it won’t be cleaned up until his next visit.

“I’m so angry and hurt by it. If people take their dogs in there they should be kept on a lead and they should be cleaning up after them.”

A spokesman for South Holland District Council, which has responsibility for the cemetery, said: “Although there is no specific restriction on dogs being allowed in Spalding Cemetery, we would insist owners kept their animals on a lead.

“Owners who are identified failing to clean up after their pets are liable to face a fixed penalty fine.

“We will consider placing appropriate signage at the cemetery to remind dog owners of their responsibilities.”