Woman Sues Over Pet Squirrel Monkey's Grave

A woman on Florida's Atlantic coast has sued the owner of a pet cemetery over her pet squirrel monkey's grave.

Janet Steiner's 20-ounce monkey Mighty died of cancer in 1994, and she had him buried at Columbia Pet Memorial Gardens in Melbourne.

But she says the cemetery's owner did not maintain the grounds well, and she moved his remains last year. Now she wants $500 -- the cost of the original burial and the move.

The cemetery's owner says he has maintained the cemetery and that Steiner's demands were unreasonable: asking that he clean up within days of hurricanes in 2004 and cut the grass every week.

A small claims court judge says he will mail his decision after visiting the cemetery.


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  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on May 19, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    In some places it is illegal to bury pets in the backyard. It can be considered unsanitary and a public health risk. Also she may not have a backyard. I don't think she has case when it comes to the hurricane clean-up, however, the cemetary may find it hard to explain about the mowing. For some, an animal isn't just a pet especially with long-lived pets like monkeys and parrots or working pets like service animals.
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    This story shows how stupid some people can be over an animal. Paying that much money to bury it when it could be buried in the back yard, visiting the gravesite years later, sueing over the grass. Animals ARE NOT people, they have no soul. When one dies, you get another nasty little critter to smell up your house.
  • by NEED HELP? Location: WASHINGTON on May 18, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    This lady should buried her pets in her back yards so she can make sure it will be taken good care like she likes.
  • by kelly Location: greenville on May 18, 2009 at 09:32 AM
    She paid for something and expects to get what she paid for. People should be held accountable and sueing is an outlet for that. I'm sure this monkey was very special to her if she still visits it's grave.
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    She must need some money bad suing for a pet squirrel monkeythat is the stupidest thing i have ever heard
  • by who cares Location: n. c. on May 17, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    This is just plain STUPID. That woman needs to get a life. Is she that desperate for money.
  • by Geesh Louise. on May 17, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    Oh geesh, what will suers think of next. Give us all a break.
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