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Dead animals are a potential risk to health and hygiene, which is why they usually have to be disposed of in an approved procedure. Owners/keepers are required to hand dead animals over to an approved facility (such as a local collection point, animal disposal service, animal cemetery or pet crematorium).
However, a single pet (dog, cat or other small animal) can be buried on the own/keeper's own property unless there is a risk that it could pass on an infectious disease.
Additional restrictions apply in some Austrian provinces.
- Your local council offices or,
- If you live in a Statutory Town, the Magistrate
- In Vienna, you should contact the Veterinary Office Departments at the Magistrate's District OfficesGerman Text
For advice about what to do when an animal dies, speak to any official vet (known as an Amtstierarzt or Amtstierärztin).
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