(250) 414-0233

Deceased Animals

If you find a deceased animal (wild or domestic) please call the appropriate number listed below:

City of Victoria

  • Wild Animal - CALL > Public works (250) 361-0400   After 4:30 pm & Weekends call (250) 385-5711
  • Cat or Dog  - CALL > Victoria Animal Control Services Ltd. (250) 414-0233

Oak Bay

  • Wild Animal - CALL > Public works (250) 598-4501
  • Cat or Dog  - CALL > Victoria Animal Control Services Ltd. (250) 414-0233


  • Wild Animal - CALL > Public works (250) 414-7108
  • Cat or Dog  - CALL > Victoria Animal Control Services Ltd. (250) 414-0233

If you find a deceased cat or dog on your own private property within the City of Victoria, Oak Bay, or Esquimalt please call us at (250) 414-0233. We will come and pick up the animal, we will check it for ID, tattoos, microchip and attempt to notify the owner if they can be identified.

If you find a deceased wild animal on your own private property, you are responsible for disposing of it.  If you have appropriate space you can bury it, or if it is a small animal (bird, rodent, raccoon, etc.) you can dispose of it in your household garbage.  Wear gloves and double bag the carcass.  Do NOT dispose of deer (or similar) in your household garbage, please contact CRD Landfill (250) 727-3331 for disposal information.

Saanich (commencing June 1, 2020)

  • Wild Animal - CALL > Public works (250) 475-5599
  • The service provider will pick-up & dispose of wild animal carcasses only from public places (except highways).
  • Wild animal carcasses found on private property will not be picked up as of June 1, 2020.  Saanich says this will now be the responsibility of the private property owner.
  • Patricia Bay Highway (HWY 17) & the Trans Canada Highway (HWY 1) - CALL > Emcon 1-866-353-3136
  • Cat or Dog  - CALL > Saanich Police (non-emergency) 250-475-4321
    • Saanich Pound Officers will retain responsibility for domestic animal carcass removal, but they won’t be picking up dead deer, raccoons etc.


Other Municipalities - CALL > CRD Animal Control (250) 478-0624     After Hours 1 (800) 884-0919



DO NOT TOUCH A BAT WITH YOUR HANDS. Use gloves and a tool if you must.

A few bats have been found in the City of Victoria in the past 10 years that were infected with the rabies virus. The virus can be transmitted through contact to an open wound, biting, or through secondary contact to nose or mouth.  The virus can survive on a dead bat, so don't touch it whether it is alive or deceased.  A 10% bleach solution will kill the virus and can be used on any tool or area that has come into contact with a bat.

If direct contact with human skin or with a pet is suspected, immediately call Dr. Bachoo at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at (250) 363-3618 and the Communicable Disease Nurse at VIHA (Vancouver Island Health Authority).