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How to dispose of a dead rabbit

Updated July 20, 2017

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

  1. 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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  5. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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About the Author

Ted Nelson is a professional writer whose work appears online at Rumbum and other websites including his own travel blog. He specializes in adventure travel and has been hiking, canoeing and skiing for over 30 years. Nelson studied history and education at the University of Tennessee and received his Master of Arts in French history from Western Illinois University.

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