Elliott Pet Services
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Fri December 6, 2013

Morgan County Pet Crematorium Under Inspection

TDEC workers excavate animals on Elliott Pet Services' property.
TDEC workers excavate animals on Elliott Pet Services' property.
Credit Gannett/WBIR

  The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation reports that former pets found in some burial sites in Morgan County cannot be identified.

The remains were dug up this week as part of an inspection of the facility, which contracts with veterinarians to cremate dead animals. TDEC officials say each burial site near the Elliott Pet Services crematorium in Morgan County had about 30 animal graves each and that there’s no way to identify the animal remains that have been found. 

In September, a TDEC investigator visited the property to follow up on a complaint from a neighbor about smells from the facility. The investigator found a pile of dead animals and issued several citations, including dumping and failing to maintain a log of cremations.

TDEC officials say a final report will be released after the excavations and inspection have ended.