Dog Owner Defends Tombstone

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

A dog buried in a city cemetery isn't so much what's raising eyebrows in Uniontown, Kentucky, but the name of that dog.

The first half of his name is a swear word. And his owner, Judy Hagan, put up a tombstone last week that reads, "In Memory of S---head."

Hagan, who's in charge of cemetery maintenance, says she plans to be buried right next to her beloved rat terrier and bought two plots. Her dog was buried there nearly eight years ago, but she says she wanted to put up a permanent memory of the animal.

Instead, she's created controversy. Neighbors with loved ones buried nearby feel the name is disrespectful to the dead. Plus, it's right below a flagpole dedicated to veterans.

Attorneys for the city of Uniontown are now researching the legality of a name written on a public tombstone. They say they have found no law prohibiting animals from being buried in a city cemetery.

Hagan says she sees nothing wrong with what she named her dog and doesn't want to change the stone.


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