Dog Owners Disrespecting the Dead?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina Funeral and Cremation owner Steve Kuzma was overseeing a funeral at Elmwood Cemetery last week when he saw a guy walking his dog. "And the dog literally was urinating on a headstone," says Kuzma.
Then, he saw a second pet. "Here was another dog off leash just doing his business on top of somebody else's grave," says Kuzma.
Dogs are permitted in the cemetery as long as they are on a leash and their owners clean up after them. When we were there, we only saw bagged animal waste in the trash cans, not the grass. But we did see one little dog running around off leash. His owner declined to speak with us.
"We just don't get that many complaints," says City of Charlotte cemeteries supervisor Mike Shroyer. He says about a month ago, he did ask Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Control to step up its patrols. "You know as well as I do they can't be there all the time," he says.
So it's up to visitors like Kuzma to give voice to the silent. He says, "People gotta have respect for other people and it doesn't seem to be happening."
Animal control officers have been out to the cemetery about six times in the past month. They cited one dog owner for a leash law violation.