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Pet owner digs up cat's grave after warning to relocate

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71 year old Marilyn Koster showed up at Green Mounds pet cemetery ready to relocate the cat she buried in 1987 71 year old Marilyn Koster showed up at Green Mounds pet cemetery ready to relocate the cat she buried in 1987
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - A Pinellas county pet cemetery smothered in weeds looks a little fresher today.

The owner of Green Mounds cemetery sent a crew to mow and weed whack the overgrown property that holds the graves of 6,000 pets.

The owner, Fletcher Enterprises, Inc., told 8 On Your Side it expects to lose the property within the next year due to back taxes and is urging people who have pets in Green Mounds to relocate them to another cemetery.

71-year-old Marilyn Koster tried to do just that.

Following a Thursday night report on WFLA-TV, News Channel 8, , Koster showed up at Green Mounds with a shovel and gloves.

Related Story: Pinellas pet cemetery urges pet owners to move buried pets

She planned to relocate her cat "Gegitte."  Koster paid $215.00 in 1987 to bury her 18-year-old cat.

"I don't want her bulldozed under or put over with concrete or whatever they are going to do with the land," Koster said.

Fletcher Enterprises, Inc., president Laura Fletcher doesn't know what will happen with the property.

The company purchased the cemetery in 2000. It wanted to expand its Harley Davidson shop next door into an unoccupied section of the cemetery.

Fletcher claims pets located in Green Mounds were buried before her company took ownership.

In an email, she wrote,"Fletcher Enterprises was not the recipient of the money people paid to bury their pets at Green Mounds nor did we receive any money for perpetual care."

The motorcycle business went under. Weeds began overtaking the cemetery.

Fletcher says the company can no longer afford to maintain the property or pay taxes on it.

Whoever eventually ends up with the property will have the right to develop it.

That is why she is urging that pets be relocated.

Unlike cemeteries for people, pet cemeteries are not regulated.

"I think it should be controlled like they do people cemeteries," Koster said.

Which is why Koster showed up at Green Mounds.

Even though Fletcher brought in a crew to cut back the overgrowth, weeds and scrub still covered most of the gravestones.

Koster cleared off several grave markers until she finally found "Gegitte's."

Braving 90 degree heat the 71 year old started digging.

Unfortunately she the 10 inch casket holding "Gegitte's" ashes was in pieces.

She filled the hole and carried off the granite stone that marked her friend's grave.

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