How to dispose of a dead rabbit

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How to dispose of a dead rabbit
Dead rabbits need to be disposed of properly. (David De Lossy/Valueline/Getty Images)

Disposing of a dead rabbit sounds simple, but like any task, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Many people think they can dump a dead rabbit in the garbage, but this is illegal in some areas and could lead to sanitation problems. Leaving a rabbit body to decompose is another bad idea, as it could attract flies, vultures, coyotes and other unsavory characters. Burial is the best do-it-yourself method, but there are other options if you are willing to pay.

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    Disposing of dead rabbits

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    Bury the animal in your yard. Animals buried in the ground will eventually decompose. Be sure to dig a hole 3 to 4 feet deep, so it will not attract coyotes, dogs or vultures. Wrap the rabbit in a blanket or towel to further decrease the chance of attracting scavengers.

    How to dispose of a dead rabbit
    Bury the animal in your backyard wrapped in a blanket (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  2. 2

    Contact the animal control office in your area. Animal control staff will dispose of the rabbit, but you may have to pay a fee.

    How to dispose of a dead rabbit
    Local authorities can dispose of a dead rabbit for you (Siri Stafford/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Arrange to have the rabbit buried in a pet cemetery. This way, you can return and pay homage to the family pet. According to the House Rabbit Network, many pet cemeteries have peaceful gardens, and a tombstone can be purchased.

    How to dispose of a dead rabbit
    Dead pets can be buried in a pet cemetary (DC Productions/Photodisc/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Take the rabbit to a veterinary hospital, and have the rabbit either disposed of or cremated. Sometimes vets will dispose of a body for free, but most often there is a charge. If the rabbit was a pet and it is cremated, the owner can either scatter the ashes or store them in an urn.

    How to dispose of a dead rabbit
    A veterinary hospital can dispose or create the dead rabbit (Dean Golja/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Covering the dead body in lime will help control the bad odour.
  • If the rabbit dies in the winter, it can be kept frozen in a freezer until the ground thaws enough to dig a hole.
  • Some communities may prohibit burial of animals in your yard.

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