Public urged to dispose of dog litter at Slieve Gullion Park

May 15, 2017

The ongoing issue of dog littering at Slieve Gullion Forest Park has been flagged by a concerned local who says that in recent months, bags of dog droppings have been dumped at the Longfield Road entrance to Slieve Gullion.

The perturbed woman also told The Examiner that a bag full off the offending waste was also suspended from the branch of a young tree recently  – a sight she described as “a grotesque decoration.”

“This problem is also happening in other local areas where people walk.  It is an irritating and offensive form of littering because of the expectation that someone else will dispose of the bags,” said the local lady, adding,

“There is no Litter Officer in this area and it is quite obvious that there is no bin for the disposal of dog waste.”

A spokesperson for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council confirmed that dog litter bins are provided at Slieve Gullion Forest Park and reminded and encouraged members of the public to be “responsible dog owners, to always pick up after their pets and, if unsure where waste receptacles are located within Council parks, to approach a member of staff.