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Lyndhurst Parish Council appeals for owner of pet ‘Lulu’ to remove it from Lyndhurst cemetery

The remains of a pet have been found buried in a Forest village cemetery – and the parish council is appealing for the owner to remove them from the plot which has already been reserved by a family.

Lyndhurst Parish Council made the appeal on its website and social media after the discovery, with the animal lain to rest with a plaque bearing paw marks and an inscription reading: “Lulu. Our beautiful little girl, always by our side, forever in our hearts xx.”

Animals are not allowed to be buried at the cemetery, near Bolton’s Bench, and according to the council the plot has been “already purchased by a family”.

A pet called Lulu has been found buried in Lyndhurst cemetery
A pet called Lulu has been found buried in Lyndhurst cemetery

The council asked the owners of Lulu to remove her from the burial plot: “Please can we request that the remains of Lulu are removed from the cemetery as they have been interred without permission in consecrated ground and a plot already purchased by a family.”

It said the remains must be removed within 10 days and have given 1st March as the deadline.

The council warned: “If they are not removed, the council will remove them and store them for three months, until 31st May.”

Parish council clerk Melanie Wathen said the remains appeared to have been in the cemetery for “less than a week”.

She said: “We are assuming it is a pet by the paw marks on the plaque but we don’t know what kind, it could be a hamster.

“The owner of the burial plot discovered it when they went to visit the grave of a close friend. They were very upset.

“The ground had been dug up and this plaque put there. No animals are allowed to be buried in the cemetery and we are appealing for the person who has done this to remove the remains as soon as possible."

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