Our response to dead animals varies depending on the type of animal it is and where the dead animal is located.
Types of animals that you can report online:
- Small domestic animals (such as a dog or cat)
- Large domestic animals (such as a horse or sheep)
- Wild animals (such as badgers or foxes)
- Rodents (rats or squirrels)
Report a dead animal
To report a dead animal online you will need to provide:
- The animal type
- The location of the animal
- Any additional information that may help your report
How do we deal with dead animals?
We respond to dead animals within two working days unless there is a health and safety hazard in which case we will deal with the issue immediately.
We do not deal with dead animals that are on private land. In these instances, we recommend you contact the land owner if you are concerned.
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Should we come across a pet with a tag then we will be in touch with the owners immediately to arrange for the deceased animal to be retrieved.
Domestic animals are typically kept for three weeks to allow for pets with unidentified owners to come forward.
Domestic cats and dogs
Domestic cats and dogs are reported to our office and picked up by specialist teams with access to a scanner and database to determine whether the owners can be identified and communicated with.
Domestic animals are stored securely for three weeks before being cremated in the event that no owner is identified.
You can contact us using the contact information below to see if your pet has been found.
Special arrangements can be made so that the animals can be returned to their owners.
Large domestic and wild animals
Large domestic animals such as horses, sheep and cattle are reported to our specialist team who record what details are available before clearing the animal.
Rodents may be picked up by local street cleaning crews and therefore should not be reported online. Nearby fly tip crews may also pick up the animal and dispose of them safely. For pest control services please visit our pest control page.
Birds and other animals
Birds and animals that are hard to identify may be picked up by local street cleaning crews and therefore should not be reported online. Nearby fly tip crews may pick up the animal and dispose of them safely.