Are There Restrictions On Where I Can Bury A Dead Animal?

Yes. If you bury or abandon the carcass of any dead animal in any lake, river, stream, meadow or other public place, or within 1 mile of another's residence who does not consent to the burial or abandonment you will be guilty of a misdemeanor. If you choose to bury a deceased animal's carcass on your own land you must bury the carcass at least 4 feet under the ground. You can be guilty of a misdemeanor offense every 24 hour period that you permit an animal carcass to be present on your property in violation of this rule.

Other allowable methods for disposing of animal carcasses include burning in a barrel or drum, or transporting to a facility licensed to incinerate animal carcasses.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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