Dead animals

Bird Flu (avian influenza) →

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said that avian influenza is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low. However do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.

Further information can be found on the Government website (external link).

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77.  Report the incident to the council for collection of the dead animals - see how to report below.

How do I request street or highway cleaning?

You can request street or highway cleaning as a Wigan Borough resident through MyAccount or as a non-resident.

If you find a dead animal on public land you can report it to us and we will arrange its removal.

  • We will remove dead animals found on public roads, pavements, public open spaces, derelict spaces and alleyways
  • This includes badgers, foxes, rabbits and deer etc. as well as domestic pets such as cats and dogs
  • We will remove birds if less than 3 are present
  • Dogs and cats reported will be scanned for a microchip. If possible we will notify the owner.

We aim to remove dead animals within one working day or as soon as possible, as some larger animals may require specialist equipment.

Private and commercial land

The removal of dead animals from private or commercial land is the responsibility of the landowner. Depending on the circumstances, we can remove from some private land. There is a charge to remove dead animals from commercial premises.

Deceased cats and dogs register

This table is updated regularly. Entries will be displayed for a maximum of two weeks, after which they will be removed.

We scan all dead animals that we remove.

  • No animals currently found.

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