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Dead animal removal


- Overview
- Removing a dead animal from a path or road
- Removing a dead animal from a house


We are responsible for removing dead animals from most roads, highways and public spaces in Gateshead. We also offer a service to remove dead animals from your home free of charge.

We do not

  • deal with dead animals on motorways
  • remove farm animals such as cows, sheep or pigs
  • remove horses
  • collect small animals, such as rats and birds

If you see a dead animal on a motorway, such as the A1 or A194(M), you should contact National Highways on 0300 123 5000.

If you see a dead farm animal, you should contact DEFRA (opens new window). If needed, you can report it to us and we will try our best to get in touch with them.

Removing a dead animal from a path or road

As long as the dead animal is not a farm animal or on a motorway, we will remove it as soon as operationally possible.

In an emergency, we need to remove the animal as quickly and safely as possible. This will be no longer than one working day.

Emergency reports

Call us immediately if there is a dead animal:

  • obstructing a path or road
  • in a town centre
  • near a school

If the report is an emergency, you should call us immediately on the relevant number:

Monday to Thursday, 8am to 5.30pm and Friday, 8am to 5pm (office hours)0191 433 7000
Outside office hours (evenings and weekends)0191 477 0844

Alternatively, you can request dead animal removal online.

Removing a dead animal from a house

We can collect dead domestic pets from households within Gateshead free of charge. However, we do not collect small animals, such as:

  • rats
  • mice
  • hamsters
  • birds

Instead, these can be disposed of in your household waste bin. 

If you would like us to collect a dead animal from your home, you can request this online or over the phone. 

Our team will be in touch once you make the request to arrange collection and aim to do this within two working days.

Request dead animal removal

Alternatively, you can call our customer service team on 0191 433 7000.