Dead animals

Removing dead animals

The council will remove dead animals (such as: dogs, cats, ponies, horses, badgers, foxes, deer and birds) from open spaces that are accessible to the public. This includes pavements and highways. Dogs and cats found in these places will be scanned for a microchip and stored for 21 days. If the details are available to us, then we will contact the owner. Dead animals on busy roads will not be collected due to staff safety. Large animals on the highway will be dealt with by Leicestershire County Council's highways department. 

Please note: landowners are responsible for dead animals on their own property.

Avian Influenza

For information regarding the current Avian Influenza outbreak, including guidelines for collecting dead birds, please visit DEFRA (, the government's Department for Environment , Food and Rural Affairs

How to report a dead animal

You can report a dead animal online. When you report a dead animal, we will ask you to tell us:

  • The type of animal
  • Description, if the animal is a cat, dog or bird
  • Location:
    • Exact location (park or open space, car park, street name, on long roads please let us know the number shown on the nearest lamp post, property or nearest landmark / village)
    • What3words location - You have the option of providing a What3words location (
  • Your contact details (optional)

Report a dead animal

Alternatively, you can telephone the council on 01455 238141.

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If your dog or cat is missing

Let us know if you have lost your dog or cat

Members of the public often ring us with information of pets they have seen or found. We keep a record of missing/found pets so we can reunite them with their original owner.

Last updated: 19/10/2023 10:39