On this morning's news show WBTV's John Carter takes on the task of removing a dead animal. Unfortunately he shows viewers that the way to get rid of a dead animal is to toss it into a City of Charlotte roll-out garbage can.
See, Click, Fix is getting answers and a solution to a somewhat "icky" problem in an east Charlotte neighborhood: a dead opossum.
A viewer writes: Started as a dead opossum, called animal control, now it has turned into a maggot infested carcass. Location is an empty resident. This has to be a health issue now!"
We checked it out and sure enough there was a dead opossum in the back yard and no one living in the home. So what should you do about dead animals here in Charlotte? First, do not call Animal Control as the department does not handle dead animals. That's the responsibility of the city's Solid Waste department. You can do one of two things: Call 3-1-1. They'll take your information and get it to the right people. Or you can go online to www.Char-Meck.org On the main page click on Garbage Recycling, then there's a link to Dead Animal Collection. From there you can fill out a form and request to have the carcass picked up.
According to the web page, "dead animals are collected from city streets and from residences but the resident is responsible for placing animal curbside. We did just that (BY PUTTING THE DEAD THING IN THE ROLLOUT TRASH CONTAINER) and the problem has now been solved.
Watch WBTV's John Carter trash a Opossum here.
Read the CMPD's instructions on dead animals here.