Family wants dog remains exhumed

Posted at 7:09 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 07:26:51-05

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. -- A family is requesting for workers from the Lehigh Acres post office to dig up remains of their dog, after it was hit and killed by a mail truck.

When the dog died, the owner was so distraught, she wanted the dog out of the street. She said she did not want her child to see the dead dog when they returned from school. The post office called animal control, but they did not pick up the phone. That is when employee Annette Vivona stepped in to help. After talking to the dog's owner, she buried the dog in a wooded are near the post office. "I thought it was a quick, easy solution, and a compassionate solution." 

Two weeks later, Vivona says a family member keeps calling the post office, angry and demanding to dig up the dogs remains and return them. "I thought it was disgusting and morbid and I don't really want to do it," she said. "But I will if that's what they want."

Vivona tells Fox 4 she did what she thought was right by giving the dog a proper burial. Fox 4 reached out to Lee County to ask what a person should do with a deceased pet. They said it is legal to bury a pet

- As long as it's done in accordance with the ordinance, which says it must be two feet below ground

- You have the land owners permission

They also say if a deceased dog is found on the ground, people can call Lee County domestic animal services at 239 553 7387.

Fox 4 reached out to the dogs owner, who admits she gave Vivona permission to bury the dog, but says she never personally asked for the dogs remains to be exhumed.