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:
- cattle (cows)
- 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.
Animal welfare concerns
- report cruelty online to the RSPCA
- call the RSPCA Cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.
If you find a bat injured or in distress, you can:
- call the Essex Bat Group Ambulance Drivers for help and advice
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:
- call the Essex Badger Hotline on 07751 572 175
- visit the Badger Group website for advice
Under current law tethering is not illegal and welfare professionals can only intervene to help a tethered horse if the horse is suffering in some way.