Topic ID #23541 - posted 9/29/2012 1:03 AM

Pet cemetery in NYC suburbs is named to National Register of Historic Places



Jennifer Palmer

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Pet cemetery in NYC suburbs is named to National Register of Historic Places
By Associated Press, Updated: Saturday, September 29, 3:06 AM

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Another cemetery has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, but this one’s a little different. It has dogs and cats and iguanas and a lion cub.

The 116-year-old Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in the New York City suburbs is the first animal burial ground to win the honor.

The designation “is a fitting way to recognize the longstanding and significant role pets have played in our national history and culture,” said Carol Shull, interim Keeper of the National Register.

Kevin Moriarty, a historian for the register, said Friday that Hartsdale is the only pet cemetery among the 2,698 cemeteries on the register. He said Hartsdale is notable because it marks a sharp change in how humans related to animals.


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