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Dead animal removal - on City or private property

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A service request for pick-up of dead animals can be submitted online at or by calling 311, for the following:

  • Wildlife or domestic animal cadavers on the City road allowance (road, boulevard or sidewalk)
  • Wildlife or domestic animal cadavers in City parks/beach if it is safe for Animal Services to do so
  • Wildlife cadavers from private property (animal must be bagged and placed on the curb for pick-up)

Please note that the following small dead small wildlife on public or private property will not be picked up by Toronto Animal Services:

  • mice
  • rats
  • small birds
  • bats
  • chipmunks

The only City division that would remove dead small wildlife (identified above) is Solid Waste Management Services, if bagged and set out as regular garbage collection.

Note: Animal Services will pick-up squirrels.

Please identify if this is a large or small animal at the time of making your report, to assist Animal Services in the resources required for pick-up. A large animal is an animal larger than a raccoon or opossum (a large animal would be a deer, large dog etc.). Deceased animals picked up by Animal Services are cremated.

  • For domestic animal cadavers or wildlife cadavers located in a watercourse, contact 311 to be connected with the Parks, Forestry & Recreation Ravine and Watercourse Supervisor


  • Animal Services will not climb trees, deconstruct decks, fences, porches or go into a lake or stream to pick-up a dead animal. If there is a dead animal under a deck or porch, please call a private company for removal of the animal.
  • Do not touch the dead animal with bare hands. Wear gloves or use a double plastic bag to pick it up and place it in another plastic bag. Wash your hands

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