Safe Animal Disposal After Fire

FOR DEAD ANIMALS ON THE ROAD:

  • For smaller animals in the fire area please call Animal Control at the Sheriff’s office at 707-253-4451.
  • For larger animals in the fire area please call central dispatch at 707-257-9223 

FOR DEAD ANIMALS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY:

  • Small household animals may be bagged and disposed of at Devlin Road Transfer Station, 889 Devlin Road, American Canyon, 707-258-9005 or to Clover Flat Landfill, 4380 Silverado Trail North, Calistoga, 707-963-7988
  • For large animals (small quantity, one or two) please call ahead to Clover Flat Landfill @ 707-963-7988 and make prior arrangements with them for drop off.  
  • Property owners may also call private haulers.  We have one contact at this time; this list will be updated as we receive others.  Mattern Livestock Hauling, Jack Mattern, owner at 707-889-6125.

    For rural property and burial of a small number of animals on-site refer to County Code Section 8.58.060-in summary:
    • For your health and safety and to avoid contact with hazardous waste, do not disturb any area that contains burned ash or debris from fire damaged structures. It is recommended that burial locations be as far away from the debris as possible while still meeting the minimum setbacks listed below.
    • Each animal is buried in a separate pit. The burial pit shall be located so as to not be disturbed in the near future and shall meet the following setbacks:
      • Property lines (legal parcel boundaries) 25 feet
      • Streams, creeks, ponds, lakes (high water mark) 100 feet
      • Water wells, springs 100 feet
      • Major cuts, embankments 25 feet
      • Dwelling units 100 feet
      • Other structures 25 feet
      • Ash/Debris from damaged structures  100 feet
      • The burial pit is of sufficient size and depth to allow the animal to be covered completely with a minimum of three feet of soil. Backfill material shall be compacted and at least three feet deep from the top of the burial pit to the animal. If the animal is placed in the pit within a plastic bag, the end of the bag shall be left open. 
      • The burial pit shall not contact or impact in any way upon the underlying groundwater.
      • The animal shall not have had, or be suspected of having had any contagious disease that would endanger human or other animal health by such disposal. 
  • If you have a large number of dead animals on your property please contact Peter Ex at Planning, Building and Environmental Services at 707-253-4417 for guidance.

Protocols for safe handling and disposal of carcasses  

  1. All dead animals should be handled only while wearing gloves, pants and a long sleeved shirt. There are several types of gloves to choose from, including leather, rubber, and latex gloves. Rubber or latex gloves are preferred due to their low cost, and wide availability.  Pants and long sleeves prevent bodily fluid exposures and further prevent bites from fleas and ticks that may be present on an animal carcass.
  2. The carcass should be double bagged-place in a plastic trash bag and seal; then placed in a second trash bag and seal again.  Be sure to close the bags up tight.
  3. Avoid direct contact with the dead animal's body fluids (i.e., blood, urine, feces). If contact does occur, wash the skin area contacted with soap and water as soon as possible.
  4. Avoid contact with the dead animal's external parasites (i.e., fleas and ticks). If possible, spray the carcass with a flea & tick spray prior to handling it. 
  5. Proper disposal of the carcass is critical to prevent exposure of other wildlife and humans to disease.