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Reporting a dead animal

Today in the morning I had the unfortunate encounter with a dead cat on the road.

Since I know the agony of not knowing what happened to a lost pet, I was wondering if there is a specific procedure to report a cadaver on the road and if perhaps they actually read the chip on the animal to inform the owners.

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Today in the morning I had the unfortunate encounter with a dead cat on the road.

Since I know the agony of not knowing what happened to a lost pet, I was wondering if there is a specific procedure to report a cadaver on the road and if perhaps they actually read the chip on the animal to inform the owners.

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Yes, if the animal is chipped, they call the owner.
I'd just call the police, they should know what to to next.
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Re: Reporting a dead animal

Cats are usually not chipped, but it may be worth a try. If it's a domestic cat it will probably have the name or the phone number written somewhere.
Some people share photos on Facebook if you have a liaison to the local animal activists, or maybe put a paper announcement somewhere. If this happened on an isolated cantonal road or city centre it's probably useless though.
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Cats are usually not chipped, but it may be worth a try. If it's a domestic cat it will probably have the name or the phone number written somewhere.
Some people share photos on Facebook if you have a liaison to the local animal activists, or maybe put a paper announcement somewhere. If this happened on an isolated cantonal road or city centre it's probably useless though.
it would give a bit of a strange impression if you post a picture of a dead cat on Facebook.
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Re: Reporting a dead animal

So, to answer my own question, and perhaps in order to help someone else with the same dilema, I contacted the city chamber of the area I saw the animal in (in this case Hombrechtikon). I called the waste disposal department.

They asked me to contact a specific number of the guy who usually takes care of the animal cadaver disposal in their region, because he is also the one that gets contacted in case of a lost pet.

Quick call with the gentleman, with indication where the animal was, and that was it. They will check it out. Though I passed by the cadaver again on my way home and it was so flat I wasn't so sure anymore it was a cat...

I think they were touched by my concern, but it's not a call they usually get. I'm officially the crazy cat lady also in Hombrechtikon...
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it would give a bit of a strange impression if you post a picture of a dead cat on Facebook.
I follow a Fribourg lost-and-found pet FB page and people sometimes post pictures of dead animals they've found, if they're not too squished, that is.
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Re: Reporting a dead animal

Was the cat alive up until said encounter?
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Was the cat alive up until said encounter?
No... He was already dead in the opposite lane (and considering the state of the cadaver, it looks like high speed impact)... I really hate seeing dead animals on the road. I lost 3 cats to irresponsible drivers, that's why this touched me perhaps a little too much.

This specific track of road I usually even go extra careful and attentive (without endangering ongoing traffic) because I've seen a couple of foxes and hedgehogs crossing (it's right next to a wineyard topped by a forest patch). I even put some gloves on the back of the car in case I need to rescue a hedgehog crossing...

Yes, I'm that crazy...
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Re: Reporting a dead animal

I'm afraid cats and badgers (foxes are usually very careful) do dart across the road, and there is often nothing you can do- so not necessarily an 'irresponsible driver'.

As I used to be a vounteer for a wildlife hospital in the UK, I always have thick gloves (an injured badger is NOT to be trusted- and I know many who have lost fingers- so a pole with noose and butchers chainmail gloves are best!) and a blanket. The best way to keep an injured animal calm is to cover it with a blanket until emergency services arrive.

Usually the Commune or Gemeinde deals with dead animals, not the police around here. Most rural cats are not chipped- and many are not 'owned' either, so Commune will not make it a priority- unlike for a dog or deer (or as fairly recently here, a magnificent female lynx).
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Old 20.11.2015, 15:50
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So, to answer my own question, and perhaps in order to help someone else with the same dilema, I contacted the city chamber of the area I saw the animal in (in this case Hombrechtikon). I called the waste disposal department.

They asked me to contact a specific number of the guy who usually takes care of the animal cadaver disposal in their region, because he is also the one that gets contacted in case of a lost pet.

Quick call with the gentleman, with indication where the animal was, and that was it. They will check it out. Though I passed by the cadaver again on my way home and it was so flat I wasn't so sure anymore it was a cat...

I think they were touched by my concern, but it's not a call they usually get. I'm officially the crazy cat lady also in Hombrechtikon...
...sounds like the right guy, just be careful when invited to his BBQ.
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Old 20.11.2015, 15:54
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Re: Reporting a dead animal

Hats off to you. I don't like seeing dead animals either. I had to miss a train once to move a dead baby hedgehog off the path before all the kindergartners walked by on their jolly march to school in the morning.

Our 'street' is signed as off limits to cars except for deliveries or if you live in our building. Sometimes people from town try to drive through, taking this shortcut as fast as possible so that none of us who live here have time to take a pic of the license plate.

Really pissed me off… poor igel, and there are plenty of toddlers around here, too.
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Re: Reporting a dead animal

I'm just waiting for Tom to come along to say that he would have taken it home and braised it with his home grown garlic, tobacco and chilli
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I'm just waiting for Tom to come along to say that he would have taken it home and braised it with his home grown garlic, tobacco and chilli
Now your just being silly - and it is just typical of the bullying that happens here on EF.












We all know that cat is better off marinated in a spicy oil and then grilled.
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Now your just being silly - and it is just typical of the bullying that happens here on EF.












We all know that cat is better off marinated in a spicy oil and then grilled.
Guys you're making me hungry, stahp!
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Re: Reporting a dead animal

Interested to see what the correct answer is as there seems to be a bunch of mortified pussies haunting this forum too ....
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I follow a Fribourg lost-and-found pet FB page and people sometimes post pictures of dead animals they've found, if they're not too squished, that is.
There is a similar group in Neuchâtel which does the same thing. Sometimes it just says 'deceased dog/cat' with the colour, breed, size etc. I assume those are the ones too squished to post photos of.
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Old 20.11.2015, 17:37
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Re: Reporting a dead animal

I'm surprised no one's mentioned that they want to report a dead parrot.
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I'm surprised no one's mentioned that they want to report a dead parrot.
Actually, my initial thought to the thread title was "Why, what did it do?" .
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Re: Reporting a dead animal

Good on ya for following up on this, Helm. The poor cat's owner will at least know what happened, not left wondering.

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Coming late to the discussion, but as an FYI from the Tierdatenbank, one of the official reporting sites for lost and found animals:
https://www.tierdatenbank.ch/de/faq-...ene-tiere.html

Scroll down to 'Muss ich ein verletztes/verunfalltes Tier melden?'

Found pet animals can be reported here, even dead animals.

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A tad off topic but as an FYI for readers, there is a legal requirement to report any stray pet animal found. And if one injurs or kills an animal in an auto accident (wild or pet) the driver is required to report the accident.

The relevant laws are discussed in this link.
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