Chelmsford City Council

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We remove dead animals or birds if they are:

  • on the road
  • on the pavement
  • in a public space

We can’t remove dead animals or birds if they are:

To report a dead animal that needs to be removed, you will need:

  • your name, address and contact details
  • information about where the animal is located
  • any further information that you think is relevant
  • photos or evidence of the problem, if you have it


How we deal with dead animals

Once we receive your report of a dead animal, we will:

  • acknowledge your report within 3 days of receiving it

  • visit the location

  • resolve the problem


How we deal with dead domestic animals

If we find a dead domestic animal, we will scan the animal for a microchip.

If the pet has a microchip and we can get a reading, we will contact the owner.

We will keep the pet for 7 days, in case the owner wants us to return it to them.

We also record the details of all pets we find, whether or not they have a microchip, in case owners contact us regarding their pet.

If the owner does not claim the pet after 7 days, we will take it for cremation.


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    Last updated: 28 August 2019

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