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Baltimore Co. Forces Pet Cemeteries To Disclose Plans

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County may require pet cemetery owners to tell their customers about plans to sell or lease their graveyards for development.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the County Council passed the legislation Monday. It will take effect in mid-November if signed by the county executive.

The measure follows complaints about the neglected Oakleigh Pet Cemetery in Parkville. Foreclosure proceedings have prompted speculation that it will be sold for development.

The legislation requires pet cemetery owners to publish a notice in a general-circulation newspaper of plans to develop a cemetery for any other purpose. Every plot owner would receive written notice.

If a plot owner comes forward within 90 days, the cemetery would have to reimburse the customer for the cost of burial or the cost of the plot.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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