On June 1, 2020, MCAS officers resume services to pick up deceased wildlife located on public property. While services for domestic animals continued, this and other non-emergency services were previously suspended due to COVID-19.
With the onset of COVID-19, Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) officers in the field began prioritizing emergency calls, including assisting law enforcement and first responders, rescuing injured or sick stray animals, cruelty or neglect investigations, animal bites, and responding to dangerous or aggressive dogs that threaten the safety of the community.
But after careful evaluation of the impact of these changes including the impact to current workload, MCAS officers resumed services on June 1 to pick up deceased wildlife located on public property. They have continued to pick up deceased domestic animals (pets and livestock) for the duration of modified services.
Officers are unable to pick up deceased animals on private property, and finders are advised to move them to a discreet area in the public right-of-way, in a bag and/or box if found in an inaccessible location.
Due to ongoing social distancing recommendations from public health authorities, we encourage finders of deceased wildlife to be as specific as possible in their reports to describe the location and nature of each find, position relative to the curb, and any bags or containers used, as face-to-face clarifications with officers are to be avoided as much as possible.
At this time, officers will remain unavailable for other non-emergency services, including barking and nuisance complaints, animal trespassing, licensing compliance, and similar services.