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About dead animals we pick up

We collect the remains of dead animals from the roadside and other publicly accessible areas.

We know that sadly some of the animals we pick up are well-loved family pets. When we collect a domestic animal we will, whenever possible, hand it over to a local veterinary practice. If we cannot take it to a vet we will take it back to the council depot and keep it for up to 48 hours.

If it is in an incredibly poor state we may dispose of it immediately.

Locating the owners

If we drop an animal off with a vet they will attempt to locate the owner. If we take it back to the depot we will check the animal's collar and scan for a microchip. If we find a microchip we will access the national database. If we find an owner we will contact them and offer them the opportunity to collect their pet.

After 48 hours we will dispose of any uncollected pets in an environmentally friendly manner.

The address of the council depot is: Reliant Way, Zone 2 Burntwood Business Park, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS7 3JH.

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Phone our contact centre: 01543 308 000
District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6YY

If you need to contact a team direct, please visit our contacts page for team phone numbers and email addresses.

Opening times

Our main reception at Frog Lane in Lichfield is open Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 5.15pm. Our phone lines close at 5pm.