Lyon's residents voice concerns over massive dog euthanization

LYONS, GA (WTOC) - People in Lyons are still outraged after the city put down dozens of dogs at the shelter, but Tuesday night, they took their concerns to City Hall.

More than 100 people packed the meeting to let City Council know how upset they are and get some answers.

Council members apologized that so many dogs were euthanized at once, but said the shelter hadn't put down any dogs for 6 months.

A local rescue group, Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society or SOAPS, has been working to get dogs adopted from there. Council members ask for the group to work with them on ways to improve the shelter and get more dogs adopted.

"The main thing is coming up with some ideas to improve, like better public accessibility to our shelter," said Willis NeSmith of Lyons City Council.

"We want to believe they're sincere in their apology. We want to believe they're sincere in their desire to improve things, but talk is cheap and we've had promises before," said Therisa Ingley of SOAPS.

Another suggestion was to merge the Lyons shelter with another in nearby Vidalia.

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