Veterinary Compliance Assistance


Carcass Disposal State Regulations


Depending on circumstances, large animal carcass disposal may be regulated by a state's solid waste, medical waste, agriculture, or emergency management regulations. If your state does not provide specific guidance or regulations relating to large animal carcass disposal, check with your local health department, or city/county laws and ordinances.

In addition, during emergency situations and disasters (e.g., blizzards, floods, hurricanes, mass die-offs, etc.), consult with your local emergency officials, your state emergency planning agency, or the state veterinarian, to determine approved methods of carcass disposal.

Applicable Agencies and Regulations for Connecticut

Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Address: 165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

Contact Information:

Rules and Regulations: Sec. 22-324a: Sanitary disposal facilities for dead poultry. Requires poultry producers with 1000 or more birds to register with the Commissioner of Agriculture and to maintain on the premises a facility for the sanitary disposal of birds which die otherwise than by slaughter. Disposal options addressed include:

  • Burial: In a disposal pit,

  • Burning: Incineration allowed, and

  • Other Methods: Other facilities as the commissioner may approve.

Rules and Regulations: Catastrophic Mortality, Large Animal Disposal, Pit. Describes how to dispose of large volumes of dead animals in a pit and gives guidance to identifying disposal sites. For Burial carcasses are placed in successive layers in an excavated pit, compacted and covered daily with a thin layer of soil. When the pit is full, a final cover of soil material at least 2 feet thick is placed over the burial pit to form a mound.

Connecticut General Assembly

Address: 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

Rules and Regulations: Title 22, Chapter 433, Section 22-316: Disposal of diseased cattle and goats. All cattle or goats found to be affected with a communicable disease shall be killed and the carcasses disposed of and premises disinfected in accordance with the order of the Commissioner of Agriculture and at the expense of the owner.

More Information

The Cornell Waste Management Institute (CWMI) maintains a database of carcass disposal state regulations promulgated by state environmental, agricultural and other agencies. There may be additional information on this site, not found on VetCA, that can be helpful to veterinarians, ranchers and farmers. Click here to access the CWMI information for Connecticut.

Choose another state

VetCA Home