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Dead Pets and Animals

Local authorities are obliged to collect any dead wild animals from highways and from the side of the roads, but not from private or residential property for example gardens or houses.


If you find a dead animal of any description that is obstructing the public highway (roads, pavements)  you should report it to the Highways Authority or to the local council's Refuse Collection Department. You contact your local council - try the Directgov online Local Authority locator or your local telephone directory for contact details.


Any dead wild animal in a field containing livestock should be reported to the landowner or the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as it could be a health hazard:


Defra helpline: Telephone -08459 33 55 77. 




Domestic pets may be buried in gardens, but the householder must be sure it doesn't cause a public health hazard, such as polluting the water table in the area. The definition of a pet animal given within the EU Animal By-Products Regulation is: any animal belonging to species normally nourished and kept, but not consumed, by humans for purposes other than farming.


RSPCA:            0300 1234 999 


Unfortunately, the RSPCA does not have resources available to pick up dead animals.



Beware, touching any animal domestic, wild, dead or alive may be dangerous, the obvious dangers include bites, scratches and general hygiene issues.

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