Beloved Pet Cemetery Falls into Disrepair

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

Dealing with the death of a pet is hard enough for many. But one Odessa woman is upset after the pet cemetery in Hobbs, New Mexico has fallen into serious disrepair.

"They are your family. They were my family, and my husband's family, and we're lost without them," said Odessa resident Jean McDaniel.

For Jean McDaniel and her husband, it's hard to visit Beloved Pet Cemetery. They remember how it looked years ago, and have had to watch it slowly fall apart.

"It just wasn't being kept up, and the graves weren't taken care of, and she just half-filled it, and we had to come and put more dirt over on that particular one," explained McDaniel.

The former owner left it is such bad shape, McDaniel said she and her husband even came to mow the lawn. The current owner - no where to be found for over a year. The sign outside the office has a name and number, but when we called, the number was no longer in service.

"What can you do? I've called the Better Business Bureau of Albuquerque. I've called the County Attorney's Office in Lovington. I've called the City Attorney. I've talked to a judge. Nobody seems to know where to direct me to," said McDaniel.

So, she feels lost. She said five of her family's cats are buried there.

"They were our family, they were our life. You know what, you don't know what an animal is, until you have one for 18 years and you lose them," explained McDaniel.

But since the last one died over a year ago, she has not adopted anymore.

"If I have to have another little cat to suffer, and to be put out there in this horrible place that we pay to have them taken care of, I just don't want no more," said McDaniel.

She said one of the worst parts about the cemetery's slowly getting worse, is her and her husband having to bury two of the cats themselves. She said if someone would just talk to her about the situation she said she'd feel a lot better.