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Boss who gave dog owners FAKE ashes!!

Most pet owners are by now aware of the terrible story surrounding the Peak Pet Crematorium in Derbyshire where instead of cremating the pets and returning the ashes to their owners, Emma Bent dumped the bodies in a field and left them to rot.

This is a terrible story, but this is not how professional Pet Crematoria operate, Lincolnshire Pet Crematorium is run by committed staff and pet owners who do their very best for bereaved owners and their pets, but this story only emphasises the responsibilities that Vet Surgeries and the authorities have to ensure premises are operating in the correct manner, this has not been helped by the fact that the Environment Agency have now ceased to issue Permits or Licences to pet crematoria premises, which in turn means that these unlicensed and unpermitted premises are not inspected or encouraged to operate under any Code of Conduct or Permit regulations.

The public must however be assured that ALL members of The Federation of Private Pet Crematoria are either Licensed, Permitted or have agreed to operate by our Code of Conduct at all times and here at Lincolnshire Pet Crematorium we abide by this strict Code of Conduct. LOOK FOR THE LOGO


We must point out however that it is the responsibility of all Veterinary Practices to ensure that pets bodies are "disposed" of in a correct and legal manner and we would also recommend that pet owners ask their vet surgery where they send their pets and either telephone the premises or wherever possible go and check them out for yourself. No reputable crematorium will object to a pet owner visiting the premises and or asking questions regarding cremation services. It is of course always safer to use a crematorium who is a member of The National Federation of Pet Crematoria as this will give a pet owner pece of mind that they are selecting a pet crematorium who abides by a strict code of conduct.

We fully support the advice given by the press to pet owners that if they are quoted a price of less than £120 for an individual cremation that this should be treated with extreme caution. This advice applied whether the quote is from your veterinary surgery or direct from a pet crematorium.

It is "good practice" and the most accepted procedure for high sided trays to be used, this ensures that a pets ashes are completely contained and cleanly removed from the chamber after each cremation has taken place removing the need for wet brushes which in itself could cause contamination between pets. If as a pet owner you are in any doubt, speak to your vet, speak to the crematorium they recommend and if you are able, make sure you go along and visit the premises.

Pet owners must however ensure they are not confused by scare mongering tactics which some crematoria and associations try to spread around by stipulating that only they cremate in the correct manner, there are many different systems of individual or private cremation which can be carried out, all of which are correct and will provide a pet owner with the return of their pets ashes without contamination. It is not correct to state that all cremation chambers must be swept and cleaned between each cremation due to the extremely high temperatures at which a cremation chamber is required to operate, (unless the crematorium in question only carries out two or possibly three cremations per day), and the fact that all modern cremators are refractory lined and very well insulated to ensure the heat is held within the chamber and not allowed to escape through the walls, therefore several hours are required to make is possible to enter the chamber with any "cleaning articles" i.e., brooms etc. Of course it could be argued that a wet or damp broom would survive the heat but this would only allow for ashes to stick to the brush requiring a new brush for each cleaning process.