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May 24, 2016 4:56 PM

Manchester neighbors complaining about roadkill disposal site

MANCHESTER - It's a subject that may leave some people feeling squeamish, but for residents in one Manchester neighborhood, roadkill is a regular topic of discussion.

The city's Department of Public Works (DPW) disposes of roadkill in an area off Straw Road.

For about a decade, neighbors have said the carcasses aren't being buried right away.

"It's a big pit out there, and they just throw all the dead animals in there and the dogs get into it, the kids get into it," said Rick Dionne.

The area is clearly marked as a no trespassing zone, but several properties abut the city land and homeowners say predatory animals are dragging the disposed roadkill into the woods and onto privately owned property.

"I feel like it's bringing in wildlife, which wouldn't be a bad thing, except a lot of them are predators and we have children and small dogs and it's concerning for us," said one homeowner who didn't want to be identified.

Two neighbors said they would like the city to consider purchasing an incinerator, or to know that the carcasses are being buried immediately.

"Our intent is to bury roadkill as soon as possible," said DPW Director Kevin Sheppard.

Following an inquiry by NH1 News, Sheppard said he'd be looking into the matter further.

Colleen Shaughnessy is a multimedia journalist for NH1 News. You can email her at and follow her on Twitter, @ColleenNH1.

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