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Dead and injured animals

Report a dead animal

If you find a dead animal (domestic or wildlife), please report it to us using the online form below so that we can safely remove it.

Report a dead animal

Report a vehicle accident with an animal

You must stop and report the accident to the police if you hit any of the following:

  • dogs
  • cats
  • horses
  • cattle
  • pigs
  • goats
  • sheep
  • donkeys and mules

You must do this as soon as possible, whether the animal is dead or not.

Report pesticide poisonings

Call the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme on 0800 321 600 if you think an animal has been poisoned by pesticides.

How we deal with dead animals

The responsibility for the removal of dead animals in public areas (typically roadkill) lies with us. Once it has been reported we will aim to remove the animal that same working day, except on weekends. The animal will then be temporarily stored at our depot.

We will scan dead pets, such as cats and dogs, for a microchip and make contact with the owner if possible. We will store dead pets at our depot for a short period to give owners the chance to collect the body, if they would like to. If an animal is not claimed, we will arrange for it to be cremated.

What to do if you find an injured animal

If you find an injured wild animal, watch it first to see how badly hurt it is. Then, contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999, or take it to a nearby vet or wildlife rehabilitator. If possible, contain the animal before calling. For more advice, visit the RSPCA website.

If you are concerned because you have lost your pet dog, please see our lost and stray dogs page.