Dead Animal Reporting

The Animal Health Division responds to reports of dead livestock that have not been properly disposed of. Division staff do not dispose of the animals, but do attempt to locate those responsible and see that they properly dispose of the carcasses in a timely manner as required by the Disposal of Dead Animal Law, Chapter 269, RSMo.

The division only investigates animals raised for commercial purposes. We do not respond to reports of dead animals under the Wildlife Code (deer, coyotes, etc.), or pets, whether confined or stray.

There are five (5) acceptable methods for disposal of dead animals. However each has specific requirements and not all are feasible or practical in all cases. The most practical method, in most cases, is on-site burial, which also has certain requirements. Rendering service pickup is only available to livestock markets and large producers. Burning is not acceptable in all cases. Placement in a ditch or waterway is not acceptable.

To report dead livestock not properly disposed of or for further information contact the Division of Animal Health at (573) 751-3377 or e-mail Karen.Wood@mda.mo.gov. Please be prepared to give as much of the following information as possible.