You see an animal on the road. It might be a raccoon or a duck, a stray dog or cat.
And it's dead.
Who you gonna call?
That all depends on the street.
If the animal is on private property, you call a private pickup service. If it's a state road, the state does the honors.
For most other public roads, you call the city.
Back in December, Broward County Animal Care and Adoption got out of the business of picking up roadkill along public streets and rights-of-way — unless it's in an unincorporated area.
Since then, several cities have hired private companies to handle the task.
Critter Control has picked up 73 carcasses on Hollywood's streets from December through April, said Hollywood spokeswoman Raelin Storey.
Animal Rangers, a wildlife removal company based in Wellington, has contracts with seven Broward cities, including Hallandale Beach, Davie, Oakland Park, Coconut Creek, Southwest Ranches, Margate and Plantation.
Oakland Park resident Hope Gold says she's called her city at least three times in the past six months to report dead animals.
"I have the city on speed dial to pick up the dead animals," Gold said.
One was a raccoon, one an opossum and the other a squirrel or a bird. The city sent someone right away, she said.
The city's public works crew picks up about four dead animals a week and uses Animal Rangers as a backup, said Public Works Director Ken Resor.
"We will not pick up an animal that is not dead yet," said Art Saey, streets and stormwater manager for Oakland Park. "Broward County is still responsible for dealing with animals that are dying, are still alive. That is still their responsibility."
Domestic pets found dead on Oakland Park streets are kept in a freezer for three days in case an owner steps up to claim them, Resor said.
It's against state law to dump an animal carcass on any public road or right-of-way. Anyone caught doing so could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor and face a $500 fine or 60 days in jail.
Because private contractors don't have access to the crematorium run by Broward County Animal Care, most of our roadkill is being trucked to a landfill in West Palm Beach.
The county landfill in Pembroke Pines does not accept roadkill.
The only other option in Broward, the private landfill in Pompano Beach known as Monarch Hill, charges a minimum of $215 plus a $45 dig fee.
Palm Beach County charges much less: a dollar or two for an animal carcass, or $30 per ton.
For removal from state roads, including I-95, I-595, Commercial Boulevard, Oakland Park Boulevard, U.S. 1, Dixie Highway and Powerline Road, call 954-776-4300. For removal from Florida's Turnpike and the Sawgrass Expressway, call the Turnpike Operations Center at *347.
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