Baltimore Humane Society Holding Funeral for Black Rock Dogs at Its Cemetery

The cremation ashes of the 27 deceased dogs discovered at the Black Rock Road illegal breeding operation are being buried Thursday, June 6th, 10am at Baltimore Humane Society Memorial Park.

Over 50 dogs were discovered in April at an illegal breeding operation at 4302 Black Rock Road in Hampstead, in what court records called “the most extreme filth.” While efforts have been made to help the surviving dogs, Baltimore Humane Society feels it’s equally important to give a peaceful, respectful memorial for those 27 who did not survive. It is going to lay to rest the ashes of the deceased on Thursday morning.

Baltimore Humane Society is burying the dogs’ remains in its pet cemetery so they can at last have a final peaceful resting place. Veronica Van Hof, Memorial Park Director, will be leading the short funeral service. The public is welcome to pay their last respects. The funeral will begin at 10am at Baltimore Humane Society Memorial Park Cemetery at, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown. Along with a dedication of a memorial, there will be 27 empty collars displayed with each of the names given by the shelter to represent those 27 dogs who did not survive.

“All of us at Baltimore Humane were devastated and heartbroken by the discovery of these dogs,” says Veronica Van Hof, Baltimore Humane Society Memorial Park Director. “We want only peace for the survivors and for those who were lost. Our wish is for people to learn from their sacrifice, and to help the unfortunate dogs be remembered and honored.”

Burial of the ashes of over 200 dogs from a hoarding case in Rockville, Maryland were also laid to rest at Baltimore Humane Society’s Memorial Park in July 2012.

The public is invited to attend the service and placing of the stone and flowers on Thursday, June 6 at 10am.

About the Baltimore Humane Society

The Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Mrs. Elsie Seeger Barton, is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services.  We receive no operational funding from the local or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organizations.  For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visit or call 410-833-8848.