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February 9--  The burial site for 77 dogs killed January 20 at the Lyons dog pound poses no threat to the city's water well serving the Chicken of the Sea plant north of Lyons, according to an evaluation paid for by the city.

A geologist from a Savannah engineering firm visited the site a week after the killings at the request of city officials.  His job was to determine if the mass grave, which is six feet deep and measures 25' X 25', would have any environmental impact on the city's Water Well Number 5 located just over two miles from the pound.

The city of Lyons released a letter Wednesday from Terracon Consultants stating "there is no potential for water quality impact at the well" because of its distance from the burial site, the well's production zone is not effected by the shallow sediments found at the dog pound and Swift Creek provides a hydrologic divide between the well and the gravesite.

Lyons city administrator Rick Hartley says the city paid $1,000 for the study.

He also reports the State Environmental Protection Division has informed the city it has no jurisdiction over the burial of animals and is deferring to the Department of Agriculture for any followup regarding the burial site. Earlier, a pair of EPD inspectors from Brunswick had visited the location.