‘It’s so disheartening’: Loved ones frustrated after local pet cemetery vandalized again

Henrico County

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — People damaging graves and stealing signs at a Henrico County pet cemetery has outraged loved ones who have pets buried there. 

Last year, 8News uncovered vandalism to graves at the pet cemetery located on Westbury Drive.  

Locals spoke with 8News about knocked over tombstones and destroyed property. 

“It’s so disheartening,” Marsha Rodgers told 8News. “It makes me frustrated because it’s a cemetery.” 

8News spoke with Rodgers last year about similar concerns. 

“Those two right there in front of their bush,” Rodgers pointed out to 8News, “they were completely snapped off of their bases.”

Headstones have been tossed and scattered, seemingly broken for no reason.

“When they got my baby,” Rodgers explained, “that made it more personal for me.” 

Rodgers beloved Shitzhu “Snowy” is buried there. Someone did damage to Snowy’s memorial this past weekend.  

“Her flowers were taken and thrown across the cemetery,” Rodgers explained. “Our sign had been completely been removed, the stand had been broken into pieces, even our no trespassing sign that was on its own stand, that has been stolen as well.”

The incidents are adding up and costing Rodgers a pretty penny.

“Anything that goes missing or gets damaged on this property, it falls fully on us financially to replace it and or fix it,” she said. 

Rodgers shared a message to those who are responsible.

“This is a cemetery,” Rodgers said. “It needs to be respected and it’s against the law to trespass and vandalize it. Even though you may think they’re only pets, they are still loved ones that are buried here.”

Rodgers told 8News that she plans on filing a police report. Police told 8News they plan on increasing patrols in the area. 

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