NJ Pet Cemetery on the Market

The owner of Pet Lawn Memorial Park put it up for sale because she couldn't pay the taxes.

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    Jill Weilenbeck the owner of the Pet Lawn Memorial Park in Berlin, N.J. says she is being forced to put the property, which is the forever home for thousands of pets, up for sale because of rising costs and property taxes. NBC10's Byron Scott spoke to the emotional owner. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012)

    The owner of a south Jersey pet cemetery says she's forced to put the property up for sale because she faces rising costs and property taxes.

    Pet Lawn Memorial Park in Berlin has been the final resting place to more than 15,000 pets and a dozen cremated humans since it opened in 1951.

    " We are the only means of a pet cemetery in our area," said Jill Weilenbeck, cemetery owner.

    Weilenbeck tells The Philadelphia Daily News some people stopped paying the $50 annual maintenance fees and she just can't bring herself to take them to court.

    She faces a $25,000 annual property tax bill for the 6.13-acre tract along Route 73.

    "People believe in me to take care of this place," said Weilenbeck.

    The entire property is selling for $599,000.