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February 24--  Oversight of the Lyons dog pound may shift from the city's public works department to its police department.

{mosimage}The Lyons pound currently has 21 dogs looking for homes.

A five-member committee formed in reaction to the mass killing of 77 dogs at the pound last month is including the shift in responsibility in a report being prepared for the city council's meeting Tuesday night.

The report recommends the pound be open to the public at least five days a week including Saturdays and seeks support from the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society to help the city pay some of the staffing costs.

It also sets 90 days as the maximum time an animal can be held at the pound before being euthanized.

Other areas addressed include sanitation, record-keeping, equipment needs, medical care, training, cooperation with SOAPS and other animal rescue groups, and negotiation of an agreement with Toombs County to determine if operation of a joint facility is mutually agreeable.

The proposal includes appointment of an animal control officer for Lyons and mandates daily cleaning of the pound.

The committee's recommendations require the approval of the city council.