What do I do with a dead animal?
Is the animal on council land?
Council will collect dead animals from Council owned parks, roads and footpath areas. Just complete the report a dead animal online form and Council will action the request within 1 business day if lodged between Mon – Fri 7.30am – 3.30pm. Requests lodged outside of these hours will be actioned the following business day.
Is the animal on any other (non-council) land?
Council does not own and/or is not responsible for maintaining assets such as:
For any URGENT requests relating to safety, please phone Council on 02 4645 4000. If calling outside of Council business hours, you will be redirected to the Council's after hours call service and required to follow the prompts.
What do I do with an injured animal?
Any animal which is injured is not seized under the Companion Animals Act but under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTA).
POCTA provides that where a cat or dog has been injured in a vehicle accident, the driver of the vehicle is responsible for ensuring that it receives appropriate treatment to alleviate pain. The driver must also, as soon as practicable, inform the owner of the animal, or an officer of the RSPCA, AWL or a police officer (section 14).
In any circumstance where an animal is injured (for example, as the result of an attack by another animal), if a person seizes or takes charge of the animal, that person is responsible for ensuring that the animal receives any necessary veterinary treatment (section 5(3)). Where an animal is so severely injured that a vet takes possession of the animal to euthanase it, the vet may recover from the owner of the animal the reasonable costs incurred in euthanasing the animal (section 26A).
If the owner of an injured animal cannot be located, under the Companion Animals Act, the council should be notified. Once the animal’s condition is stabilised and it no longer requires veterinary supervision, the animal should be transferred to Council's Animal Care Facility.
For any assistance or information, please contact the appropriate organisations listed below.
During Animal Care Facility operating hours:
The Animal Care Facility is located at 2 Rose St (off Blaxland Rd), Campbelltown and can be contacted on 02 4645 4790 during operating hours:
- Monday to Friday - 10.00am to 4.00pm
- Saturday - 9.00am to 12noon
- Sunday and Public holidays - Closed
Outside Animal Care Facility hours:
75 Jacaranda Ave, Bradbury
Phone: 02 4627 1333
Monday to Friday 3pm to 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm
201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona NSW
Phone: 02 9770 7555
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9am to 8pm
If you find an injured koala, contact the WIRES Koala hotline on 0466 318 688 or Sydney Wildlife on 02 9413 4300.