Animals - dead or injured

What you need to do depends on the type of animal, and whether you were involved in an accident with it.

Report a car accident with an animal

You must stop and report the accident to the police by calling 101 if you hit any:

  • dogs
  • horses
  • cattle (cows)
  • pigs
  • goats
  • sheep
  • donkeys and mules

You must do this within 24 hours, whether the animal is killed or not.

Accidents involving other animals such as cats, badgers, foxes, rabbits and pheasants do not need to be reported as a road traffic collision.

Report a dead animal to Harlow Council

You can report any dead animals you find on public land in Harlow to Harlow Council.

This includes

  • badgers
  • foxes
  • cats
  • dogs
  • horses
  • cows

Animal welfare concerns

If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal you can:


If you find a bat injured or in distress, you can:

If you find a bat in a house, you need to:

  • open any doors and windows as wide as possible
  • turn off the lights

You may have to wait a while, but the bat should fly out of its own accord.

Never try to catch a flying bat. It is likely to become injured and you risk being bitten in self-defence.


if you find a badger in the road (dead or alive), you can: