Animal rescuers, City of Lyons look for shelter options

By Don Logana - bio | email

LYONS, GA (WTOC) - One week after a heated council meeting, city leaders say they've met twice to look for solutions for the Lyons animal shelter.

More than 100 concerned citizens showed up at the council meeting to protest after city workers euthenized 77 dogs at the city shelter in one day. Council members stated at the meeting the shelter workers had resisted euthenizing any dogs for 6 months and that's why the overcrowding occurred. City council member Willis Neesmith said some council members have met twice with their county commissioner and private citizens. The committee includes members of the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society, or SOAPS.

"We've brought out some ideas and looking for more," Neesmith said. "We're looking at ways we can update our policies to reflect the number of dogs we now see."

In addition to dogs found inside Lyons' city limits, the shelter also receives dogs collected by county crews as well. Neesmith said the group will meet again next week.

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