As people begin to recover from the storms, emergency officials expect that a number of animal carcasses, including pets, wildlife and livestock, are likely to be found. People in affected areas should avoid contact with dead animals to protect their personal and public health and safety.
Services are being coordinated among various local and state agencies to see that carcasses are disposed of properly. Along state roads and highways, the Tennessee Department of Transportation will continue routine small animal and wildlife pick up and disposal services.
Farm owners who have suffered livestock losses should promptly dispose of livestock in accordance with state law and as directed by the State Veterinarian. Farm owners should dispose of carcasses within 48 hours of the discovery of the dead animal, regardless of weather conditions. Options for disposal of dead farm animals and general guidelines include:
The State Veterinarian with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture should be notified at 615-837-5120 when catastrophic losses are greater than 10,000 pounds.
People in affected areas who encounter dead animals or unclaimed dead livestock should contact their county services for disposal assistance.
For more information, visit http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/regulatory/livestock.html.