Report a dead, injured or stranded animal, what to do if you hit an animal with your car, what happens to dogs or cats removed by the council and how to dispose of dead animals.
Please note: if you find dead wild birds such as swans, geese, ducks, gulls or birds of prey, you should report this to the Defra helpline, as they may want to collect and test them for bird flu.
Tel: 03459 33 55 77
The dead animal will be taken and scanned for a microchip. When a chip is located the owners will be notified. If no chip is found the animal will be disposed of.
Please note: the council will not remove dead pets from your home.
You can bury small domestic pet animals such as a dog or cat on your land, for example in your back garden, and you don’t need permission to do so. Alternatively contact a vet or recognised pet undertaker.
For the burial of larger animals, such as pet horses, you must follow government guidance about the burial of larger animals available on the GOV.UK website.
All dead livestock (not wild animals) must be disposed of appropriately. Under normal circumstances, it is prohibited to bury or burn dead farm animals. When you find fallen stock, you should arrange for it to go to an approved:
You can do this either by private arrangement using an authorised carrier or under the national fallen stock scheme.
The National Fallen Stock Company website can provide information on the national fallen stock scheme.You can also contact their helpline:
Tel: 0845 054 8888
Read more about animal by-product categories, site approval, hygiene and disposal on the GOV.UK website.
You must stop and report the accident to the police if you hit a:
You must do this as quickly as you can, whether the animal is killed or not.