It is not uncommon to find dead animals or birds. Animals and birds die every day from natural causes, predators, or disease. It is important to report such findings so that they can be documented and a decision made to determine if a test is necessary to determine if the cause of death is associated with a zoonotic disease.
Animal Carcass Disposal
Your city may have options for disposal as does Arapahoe County if you live in an unincorporated area.
Reporting Suspected Rabid Animals and Animal Bites
Contact with infected wild or domestic animals places you and your family at risk for rabies infection. Immediate medical treatment is required if a person or domestic animal is exposed to rabies.
If you or a family member has been in contact with an animal that could have rabies, seek immediate medical attention immediately and contact Arapahoe County Public Health.
If your dog, cat, horse or livestock animal has been in contact with an animal that could have rabies, seek veterinary attention and contact Arapahoe County Public Health.