The carcass of any animal, dead of disease or other cause, on private property, by city law, is to be removed by the owner of the animal or the owner of the premises where the animal is laying. The owner may dispose of the carcass by picking it up with a shovel and placing it in a plastic bag. Care should be taken not to touch any dead animal with bare hands, and to wash hands thoroughly afterward, even if no direct contact was made with the carcass.
Dead Birds & Squirrels (West Nile Virus)
Birds suspected of having the West Nile Virus should be reported to the Harris County Mosquito Control by calling 713.440.4800. Dead squirrels are not picked up and tested for West Nile Virus, and should be disposed of. Additionally, there has been mention from wildlife rehabilitators that there are several pesticides that look like seed and are killing birds and squirrels once ingested. Care should be taken not to touch any dead animal with your bare hands, and to wash hands thoroughly even if no direct contact was made with the carcass during transfer to a waste receptacle.
Number of Animals Allowed
Per city ordinance section 14-72, the maximum number of pets allowed is 3 dogs, 3 cats, or any combination of dogs and cats not exceeding 4 (i.e., 2 dogs and 2 cats, 3 dogs and a cat, 3 cats, and a dog).