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Animal Care Centers located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island are open. Services are provided by appointment only.

You can get more information online or by calling (212) 788-4000.

Visit the Animal Care Centers of NYC website.

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You can report dead animals on a public street or area, on highways, in parks, or in large bodies of water. You can also report a cluster of dead birds, waterfowl, or poultry for possible disease testing.

You can learn how to dispose of a dead animal on private property or request the removal of a dead deer on residential private property.

Call 311 to report:

  • A dead animal in a large body of water
  • A dead animal on a highway
  • A dead animal that may have been rabid
  • 10 or more dead animals in a cluster

You can report a dead animal on Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) property.

This includes:

  • City parks
  • Public beaches
  • Recreation Centers
  • Sidewalks next to DPR property

DPR also responds to reports of dead animals on public property such as:

  • Ponds
  • Streams
  • Small bodies of water
  • Parkways

State and Federal Parks

You can report a dead animal in a park or beach run by New York State or the federal government. Contact the park directly to report the dead animal.

Popular State parks in the NYC area include:

  • East River State Park
  • Jones Beach
  • Hudson River Park

Popular parklands in the NYC area operated by the federal government include:

  • Jacob Riis Park
  • Fort Tilden
  • Gateway National Recreation Area

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) does not normally pick up or remove dead animals from private property. If the dead animal did not show signs of rabies or if it did not scratch or bite a person or a pet, it is your responsibility as the property owner to dispose of the dead animal.

You may bring the remains to an ACC drop-off location, where they will be cremated. There is a $50 fee for bringing a deceased pet. There is no fee for bringing in stray animals.

You can also put the remains out for pick up by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY). DSNY does not remove dead animals from private property. If you choose to put the dead animal out for pick up by DSNY, the remains may be placed in a heavy-duty black plastic bag or double plastic bag and a note should be taped to the bag stating its contents (for example, "dead dog" or "dead cat"). Animals that may have been rabid should not be put in the trash.

Deceased Pets

You can bring the remains of a deceased pet to an ACC drop-off location for cremation. There is a $50 fee for each pet you bring in to be cremated. If you are a private property owner, you can bury deceased pets on your property.

ACC accepts reports of dead animals on private property only under certain circumstances if the animal:

  • Was killed by a family pet
  • Scratched or bit a person or family pet 
  • Appeared to be rabid before it died  

Symptoms of rabies in animals include:

  • Lethargy 
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Difficulty moving or walking/paralysis
  • Unusual or extreme aggression
  • Eating or chewing objects, such as wood, soil, stones, plants or other unusual materials
  • Excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth
  • Abnormal behavior, such as a wild animal that does not shy away from people            

These dead animals should not be put in the regular trash. The City will review the situation and pick up the animal if appropriate.

ACC Drop-off Locations:


464 East Fordham Road (between Fordham University boundary and Washington Avenue)
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM, until further notice


2336 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn (between Essex Street and Shepherd Avenue)
Hours: 7 days a week, 10 AM - 6 PM, until further notice


326 East 110th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Hours: 7 days a week, 10 AM - 6 PM, until further notice


3139 Veterans Road West  (Route 440 South to Exit 1N - Arthur Kill Road. At stop sign, make left onto Veterans Road West)
Hours: 7 days a week, 10 AM - 6 PM, until further notice.

You can contact Animal Care Centers of NYC for additional information, including accepted payment methods at drop-off locations.

Call 311 for assistance by phone.

Animal Care Center offices and drop-off locations are closed on the following holidays:

  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day

If you are the property owner or an authorized representative, you can request the removal of a dead deer from your residential private property.

You will need to sign a waiver before the deer can be removed by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY).

In your request for removal, you must provide:

  • Your name and phone number
  • The location of the deer (front yard, side yard, back yard)
  • What time you would be available in person to sign the waiver

All information provided must be accurate and complete. Anonymous requests are not accepted.

DSNY will respond on a priority basis.

Removal Requests Not Accepted by DSNY

Removal requests are not accepted for commercial businesses or institutions. DSNY will only pick up dead deer from residential private property.

For removal of other dead animals, you may place them in a heavy duty black plastic bag on your day of collection with a note taped to the bag stating what's inside. For example, if you're disposing of a dead cat, a note saying "dead cat" would suffice.

Do not leave animals for collection if they may have been rabid.

Call 311 for assistance by phone.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) will investigate clusters of 10 or more dead birds and 3 or more dead geese, swans, ducks, chicken, or turkeys. DOHMH may collect some of the birds for West Nile Virus testing. An investigation will determine if the birds will be collected.

DOHMH does not accept reports about between 1 and 9 dead birds, or 1 or 2 dead waterfowl or poultry, for possible disease testing and monitoring for West Nile Virus. During mosquito season, April 1 to October 31, DOHMH surveys mosquito populations on a weekly basis for the presence of West Nile Virus at locations throughout the City.

How to Safely Dispose of Dead Birds

To dispose of 9 or fewer dead birds or 1 or 2 dead geese, swans, ducks, chickens, or turkeys found on private property, use plastic bags or disposable rubber gloves to put the dead bird or birds in a double plastic bag. Place the bag outdoors for trash collection. Wash your hands with warm soapy water afterwards.

Call 311 to report:

  • 10 or more dead birds in one place
  • 3 or more dead geese, swans, ducks, chicken, or turkeys

You can report large groups of dead fish in the major harbors and bays surrounding New York City, including:

  • Jamaica Bay
  • Sheepshead Bay
  • New York Harbor


Report dead fish in a harbor or bay.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Division: Local Fish and Wildlife Division
  • Phone Number: (718) 482-4922
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM