As the Hurricane Harvey response efforts transition to recovery efforts, Texans may face the challenge of animal disposal. The Texas Animal Health Commission has put together resources to guide you during this recovery phase.
Animal carcasses in pubic areas, including residential: Animal carcasses found in public areas or rights-of-way should be reported to the local county Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to be handled through the jurisdiction’s debris management plan. You can find your county’s EOC information at www.tdms.org/county.aspx or your county’s website.
Carcasses on private property, non-residential areas: Animal owners and operators are responsible for the proper disposal of their animals. To learn about common methods of non-diseased animal carcass disposal visit Disaster-Related Carcass Disposal Guide. or visit the Texas Commission Environmental Quality’s website at www.tceq.texas.gov.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can provide additional technical assistance and may be able to help with debris removal from waterways. For more information visit www.nrcs.usda.gov.
If you find a stray animal carcass on your property, contact your local EOC. You can find your county’s EOC information at www.tdms.org/county.aspx.