The Burladingen sewage treatment plant is one of the so-called « small animal collection points » that the district has to maintain in accordance with the Animal Carcass Disposal Act and is responsible for those cadavers that accumulate in the city of Burladingen and its suburbs. Because: Not everyone has the opportunity to simply bury their animal in the garden after death. « There are strict rules, » stresses Engel. The animal grave must not be in the water protection area, must be far away from public facilities and be dug at least half a meter deep.
Veterinarians know this and then recommend collection points such as the sewage treatment plant in Weiherwiesen. It has a cold room with various bins for dead carcasses. One for homes and the other for wild animals that have been killed in an accident, for example. From the cooling room of the sewage treatment plant it goes to the animal carcass disposal facility.
Animal cemeteries and crematoriums as alternatives
The problem of Engel and his colleagues: Recently, there have been an increasing number of cases in which people simply put the animal carcasses in a plastic bag at the gate. This is not only unsavory, « it’s illegal and a criminal offense ». The city of Burladingen therefore wants to report such cases in the future and prosecute them.
The sewage master is surprised that people who have fed a fur nose for a long time or given medical care do not want to pay the small fee they have to pay at the collection point. The father of two and cat owner of three knows that four-legged friends are mostly family members and that there must therefore also be animal cemeteries like the one in Mössingen. But that is already too far away for many Burladingers. There are also animal crematoriums. « There the former dog or cat owner receives the ashes in a can after the cremation and can put them where he wants, » says Engel. « Then at least something remains from the four-legged friend. »
If you want to hand in your dead pet in the sewage treatment plant between Burladingen and Gauselfingen in Weiherwiesen, you should definitely call in advance on 07475/7245. The acceptance times for pets are from Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the exception of the lunch break from 12 p.m. to 12.30 p.m. This is possible on Friday from 8 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. If you ring the doorbell, you may have to wait a little until it opens, as the employees can also be out and about in the outdoor area. The fee for handing over a dog is 20.50 euros and that for a cat is 15.50 euros.