Georgia Bill Would Make 2nd Dog Attack a Felony

Posted on: March 1st, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Feb. 23, 2012, the Georgia House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee passed a bill that would set jail time from 1 to 3 years and a fine of up to $20,000.00 for any Georgia dog owner whose dog was involved in 2 or more unprovoked dog attacks on humans. According to, this bill is designed to curtail the numerous dog bite attacks that are taking place throughout the state.

A first unprovoked attack and court conviction would result in the dog being designated a “vicious dog” and require adherence to strict confinement regulations. The lawmakers believe that dog owners would have their vicious dogs put down rather than risk a second attack with the accompanying criminal penalties. Georgia joins a growing list of states, cities and counties that are cracking down on aggressive, vicious dogs and their owners.

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