Dead animals FAQs
We are required to collect the remains of dead animals from the roadside and other publicly accessible areas.
Identifying animals we find
We recognise that many of these animals may have been well-loved family pets, so it is our policy to establish ownership where possible. We do this by checking collars and scanning to detect the presence of a microchip (if condition allows) so that we can notify owners who may be missing a dog or cat and wondering what has happened to them.
Where a microchip is located using a scanner, officers will access the national database. If an owner is identified, assuming the contact details are correct, they will be notified as soon as possible and be offered the opportunity to collect their pet so that they can choose its resting place.
What happens to the animals we collect?
Deceased pets will be taken back to the council depot where they will normally be kept for up to 48 hours to allow owners to collect them.
After 48 hours we will dispose of any uncollected pets in an environmentally friendly manner.
The address of the depot is: Reliant Way, Zone 2 Burntwood Business Park, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS7 3JH
If you have lost a pet
If you have lost a dog, then the first place to look is our lost dogs register to see if we have already found it. If not, please contact us, so we can get in touch if we later find it. Find out more.
Reporting a dead animal
To report a dead animal on the road, or any other publicly accessible area, please fill in our online form.