How to dispose of a dead animal in Berlin

How To Decompose A Dead Animal?

Composting. This natural process allows microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi to decompose dead animals into organic matter. Composting is the preferred method on farms; it costs less as piles can be prepared readily with the equipment available on the farm.

How to dispose of a dead rat in your garden

This is one of the most common places to find dead animals. In the majority of cases it will be a bird, pet, squirrel or some other small rodent. In the UK, you are permitted to bury rats and animals (excluding livestock and horses) in your garden.

We recommend that the grave is at least two feet deep and includes a layer of rock above the corpse to stop it from becoming unearthed by scavengers. But if you are not comfortable with this or are worried about vengeful rat ghosts, there are some other options available.

Your local vet, or council authority, may assist you in having the corpse incinerated, but it is important that you do not attempt to burn the body yourself or you may end up being visited by the authorities.

A third option is to simply dispose of the dead rat at the landfill. However, check with the staff first as some facilities do not allow the disposal of hazardous biological materials.

No matter which option you choose, you will need to take the following precautions:

  • Do not touch the corpse with your bare hands; ALWAYS wear gloves.
  • Wear a long-sleeved top and trousers to avoid parasites.
  • Try to minimise your physical contact with the corpse as much as possible. Scoop it up with a shovel or use the inside of a bin bag to pick it up.

Read: How to Get the Rif of Rats in the Garden without Poison


What do you do when an animal dies in the wall?

If you have trouble finding or dislodging the carcass from your walls, a professional wildlife removal technician can help. They typically cut a hole in the wall, spray a neutralizing or masking agent and re-plaster the area once treated.

House pets


You cannot bury an animal on public grounds or in a park. You can be fined up to 50,000 euros for it. However, you can legally bury your deceased pets on your own property, as long as it’s not in a water conservation area (Wasserschutzgebiet) or right next to a public road or square. You must bury the animal at least 50 centimetres deep.

A pet cemetery, or Tierfriedhof, is also an option. Tierschutzverein Berlin and Tierhimmel will bury your best friend. Burial costs €10 to €350, depending on the animal’s weight.


There are a few Haustierkrematoriums in Berlin. The prices go from €50 to €350, depending on the weight of the animal.


Many veterinarians will dispose of animal bodies, albeit for a fee. Alternatively, SecAnim is contracted by the city to dispose of roadkill and other wild animals. You can call them and they will collect your deceased pets for a fee between 10 and 30 euros.


  • Always use safety/protective eye wear, respirator, gloves and body suits when going into an area the animal has died. There can be dangerous bacteria.

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  • Height, material and pitch of the roof.
  • Difficulty in getting to the area and how many openings requiring repair.
  • Severity of the animal problem.
  • How much mess is there to clean up.

Removing the Dead Carcass

  • Depending on the size of the dead animal and where it’s located, you need to wear gloves, sometimes a gas mask, and protective clothing like a long sleeve shirt and long pants.
  • After you locate the dead carcass, don’t just bury it in the yard where your dog might dig it up. Wrap the body in newspaper and enclose it tightly in a plastic bag. Discard the bag in a location where other animals cannot get to it.


If a carcass is dumped on your land then, wherever possible, the owner of the animal will be responsible for its disposal.

If the owner cannot be identified then you will be expected to arrange for the disposal of the animal using an approved disposal method.

How to get rid of the residual smell of a dead rat

Despite having gotten rid of the dead rat, you will most likely find that the unpleasant stench of decay is still present. You should prepare yourself for a bout of intense cleaning in order to eliminate the smell.

  • Wear gloves throughout the cleaning process.
  • Open as many windows as possible.
  • Use a cloth or paper towels to clean up any juices, fur and anything else left by the corpse.
  • Spray the area with an enzyme cleaner and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. This will give the enzymes time to break down all biological material.
  • Wipe the area.
  • Spray the area with a disinfectant and wipe.

If the animal died touching anything made from fabric, such as a carpet, rug, or curtains, wash them on a high-temperature setting with hydrogen peroxide, mixed in with your usual laundry detergent. If it cannot be washed, you will need to throw it away as the smell will persist and the area may retain some dangerous bacteria.

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In Scotland and Wales, only pet horses can be buried.

In England, you’re allowed to bury horses whether they are pets or not.

For further information, contact your local trading standards office and the Environment Agency.

You can also use NFSCo to collect your horse.

Importance of Properly Disposing of Dead Animals

Properly disposing of dead animals is important for many reasons, including your health, wealth and the well-being of surrounding animals. In addition, when an animal is properly disposed of citizens who don’t hunt have less to critique since they aren’t bothered by the sight or smell of the carcass. Since hunters tend to be in the minority of any given state’s population, it’s crucial to keep up po­sitive relationships with other citizens.

Your health is a major factor when calculating the importance of proper disposal of dead animals. You don’t want the animal’s remains to spread any diseases to you through direct contact, nor do you want the remains to leach out diseases through the ground. That’s why you want to wear gloves when handling the animal directly, and once you choose a method of disposal, make sure it won’t leach out diseases into the local water source.


­Your wealth is another factor to take seriously when you are weighing the best disposal method. Though some sanctioned ways of getting rid of dead animals do cost money, it’s in the best interest of your wallet to use those rather than dumping the remains illegally. Such unacceptable methods would result in a fine if you were caught by authorities.

Since you appreciate the natural world, it’s important to consider the well-being of living animals when you are choosing a method of disposal. For instance, if you bury an animal, make sure vultures can’t get to it, especially if the animal was at risk for a disease. You wouldn’t want to infect any innocent animals.

Now you’re equipped with the basic knowledge of what methods are acceptable when disposing of a dead animal and the importance of properly using those methods. Happy hunting!

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a dangerous disease that deer can carry while living. CWD can remain in the environment for years if an infected animal isn’t disposed of properly [source: Coggin and Castle].


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