Portland, Cumberland County, Maine
Date: June 22,2000
Cemetery Name: Western Cemetery
Street: Vaughn Street
Land Type: Private
Number of graves: 1000
Oldest grave: 1829
Owner: Dana Susa (City of Portland)
The Western Cemetery is Portland's second oldest cemetery. It is located beside Portland's western Promenade. It was Portland's primary burial ground from 1829 untill almost the turn of the century
The Western Cemetery is an unusual case because it is not a simple case of neglect. The city of Portland has designated the Western Cemetery not just a park but an "off leash dog Park'. This means that dog owners are invited and encouraged to bring their dogs into the cemetery to romp all over and relieve themselves on people's graves. The situation is so bad that people without dogs are afraid to go into the cemetery.
The city government in Portland Maine has made grave desecration city policy so there is no place to contact. The state of Maine has passed a law requiring all towns and cities to decorate veterans graves with flags on Memorial day. If the Western Cemetery is still being treated like a dog toilet then Portland will add flag desecration to its wonderful list of policies truly making it the desecration capital of the world. When you see the dog-owners who make up Portland's infamous "Doggy Brigade" entering the Western Cemetery starting at the crack of dawn to launch their daily assault on the graves it is so sad.
The situation has not changed. The Western Cemetery's graves are constantly being subjected to the worst disgrace, desecration and degradation possible. A Western Cemetery planning committee has been appointed to determine the future of the cemetery but there are many of the dog owners on it. Dogs are great but they do not belong in cemeteries.
Submitted by / Contact for additional Information:
name: Paul O'Neil