Injured Animals, Wildlife, Deceased Animals, and Pest Control
Injured or Sick Domestic Animals
If you find an injured or sick domestic animal, call 311. Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) does respond if the animal is hurt or ill. If the owner is present, it is the responsibility of the owner to seek appropriate medical treatment if needed. If the owner is unable or unwilling to seek medical treatment, he or she may sign an “Owner Release” which gives ownership of the animal to MACC.
MACC may respond to calls about wildlife only if the animal is sick or injured, for example:
- A raccoon is hit by a car but still alive.
- A bird that is unable to fly away and appears ill/injured, however if it is a waterfowl of some sort and has access to water and can still swim we will be unable to respond.
- A bat, where there is possible rabies exposure to humans or pets.
If you find an obviously injured animal, bring it to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center: 2530 Dale St. N. Roseville 55113. For more information, visit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota. If you have questions regarding a possibly orphaned animal, please call the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at (651) 486-9453 before attempting to capture it.
If you find a deceased animal - wild or domestic - they need to be disposed of properly. Disposal with organics recycling or garbage is prohibited, as is burying an animal in the city.
Pets: If your pet passes away please contact a veterinarian, cremation service, pet cemetery, humane society or call 311 to get in touch with MACC.
Road Kill: If you find a deceased animal on the street call the road authority that has immediate responsibility. Call 311 for deceased animals on City streets, as well as on public or private property. Call Hennepin County for deceased animals on county roads, and call MNDOT for deceased animals on State-managed roads.
MACC does not respond to pest complaints. For example, MACC will not send an Animal Control Officer for mice, squirrels, or birds in a home, raccoons in rafters, or non-domestic animals in abandoned houses. Please call a pest control company for removal of these animals.
Last updated Jun 22, 2020