Injured and deceased animals

Injured and deceased animals
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Read about procedures and policies in place if an animal becomes injured or passes away. Injured Dead Animals canterbury bankstown If an animal loses its life or becomes injured, there are certain procedures and policies that you must adhere to, depending on the circumstances.


​​​​​Any animal which is injured is not seized under the Companion Animals Act but under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTA).

If a person seizes or takes charge of an animal in any circumstance where it has been injured, it is the responsibility of that person to ensure that the animal receives the attention required.

If you're the driver of a vehicle which hits a cat or dog, you're responsible for ensuring that the animal receives appropriate treatment to alleviate pain. This is stated under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The driver of the vehicle involved must also inform the owner of the animal, or an officer of the RSPCA, Animal Welfare League or a police officer as soon as it is practical to do so.

In the event you need to locate an injured animal, contact the RSPCA Ambulance Service on 9770 9556. Council will not remove injured animals.
If you find a deceased animal on Council property, please report it to our Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000. Arrangements wil​l then be made for it to be collected.​