CITY HALL — Many extra of Staten Island’s lifeless deer have been cremated with different animal carcasses on Lengthy Island final yr.
A Sanitation Division contractor stated 118 deer carcasses have been collected in 2016 from streets or different metropolis property within the borough.
That is a 50 % improve from the seventy nine lifeless deer picked up on Staten Island in 2015. Six carcasses have been collected within the first three weeks of this yr alone.
The our bodies have been eliminated by the West Babylon-based mostly Pet Crematory Company underneath a $1.eight million, 5-yr contract to take away deer carcasses, roadkill and different lifeless animals for the town.
“The contract encompasses greater than the removing of lifeless deer carcasses; the primary a part of the contract includes removing of animal carcasses citywide, from three Animal Care Facilities and horse carcasses from stables citywide,” Sanitation Division spokeswoman Belinda Mager stated.
Staten Island’s white-tailed herd has grown significantly within the final decade, prompting an formidable metropolis plan to carry out vasectomies on lots of of male deer to chop the inhabitants.
An unchecked and increasing herd can hurt forests and personal property, unfold tick-borne sickness like Lyme illness and wander into roads extra typically, growing the danger for lethal car collisions.
In November, the town stated the Pet Crematory Company took too lengthy to select up a lifeless doe that was hit by a automotive and dragged by police onto personal property in Dongan Hills. The carcass went lacking by the point the driving force arrived a pair days later.
Although extra our bodies are piling up, the Pet Crematory Company is assured that it may well deal with the variety of deer carcasses on Staten Island.
So is the Sanitation Division, which lately prolonged the Pet Crematory Company’s contract for a sixth yr via Might 2018 with a further $360,000.
WHERE DEER CARCASSES GO
The Sanitation Division dispatches the Pet Crematory Company to gather lifeless deer and different animal carcasses citywide.
How lengthy this takes is dependent upon when the carcass is discovered.
If the Sanitation Division calls the Pet Crematory Company earlier than 2 p.m. Monday via Friday, the physique have to be eliminated that day. After 2 p.m., and the carcass is to be collected by midday the subsequent weekday.
Carcasses should even be collected the subsequent weekday if reported over the weekend or on holidays, until in an emergency.
“We dispatch the decision to our driver to retrieve the carcass and return to the crematory with carcass for…