2010 Georgia Code
O.C.G.A. 4-8-43 (2010)
TITLE 4 - ANIMALS
CHAPTER 8 - DOGS
ARTICLE 3 - VICIOUS DOGS
§ 4-8-43 - Penalties for owners violating provisions of law on vicious dogs
4-8-43. Penalties for owners violating provisions of law on vicious dogs
(a) The owner of a vicious dog who violates Code Section 4-8-42 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition to any confinement that might be imposed for a conviction under this subsection, for the second conviction a fine of not less than $300.00 shall be imposed and for a third or subsequent conviction a fine of not less than $500.00 shall be imposed.
(b) If an owner who has a previous conviction for a violation of this article knowingly and willfully fails to comply with the provisions of this article, such owner shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of high and aggravated nature if the owner's vicious dog attacks, bites, causes severe injury, or causes the death of a human being under circumstances constituting another violation of this article.
(c) In addition to the penalties for violations under subsection (b) of this Code section, the vicious dog involved shall be immediately confiscated by the dog control officer or by a law enforcement officer or another person authorized by the dog control officer and placed in quarantine for the proper length of time as determined by the county board of health, and thereafter, the vicious dog shall be destroyed in an expeditious and humane manner.
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