What you need to do depends on the type of animal, and whether you were involved in an accident with it.

Report a car accident with an animal

You must stop and report the accident to the police if you hit any:

  • dogs
  • horses
  • cattle, eg cows
  • pigs
  • goats
  • sheep
  • donkeys and mules

You must do this as quickly as you can, whether the animal is killed or not.

Report a dead animal to your local council

You can report any dead animals you find on the road to the local council.

This includes wild animals like badgers and foxes, as well as domestic pets such as cats and dogs.

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What you need to know

Report an injured animal

Report an injured animal to the RSPCA in England or Wales or its equivalent in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

RSPCA
Telephone: 0300 1234 999
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Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA)
Telephone: 03000 999 999
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Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA)
Telephone: 028 3025 1000
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Pesticide poisonings

Call the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme if you think an animal has been poisoned by pesticides.

Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme
Telephone: 0800 321 600
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