2020 Georgia Code
Title 4 - Animals
Chapter 3 - Livestock Running at Large or Straying
§ 4-3-8. Return and Disposition of Proceeds of Sale

Universal Citation: GA Code § 4-3-8 (2020)
  1. The sheriff, upon making a sale or other disposal as provided for in this chapter, shall forthwith make a written return thereof to the clerk of the superior court of such county, with a full and accurate description of the livestock sold or disposed of by him, to whom, and the sale price thereof, which report shall be filed by the clerk.
  2. At the time of making his return, the sheriff shall pay over to the clerk of the superior court the entire proceeds of the sale. The clerk of the superior court shall pay all costs and fees allowed in Code Section 4-3-10. If there is any balance remaining it shall be paid to the owner of such livestock, provided that the owner shall provide satisfactory proof of ownership to the board of county commissioners within 90 days from the date the sheriff reports the sale. If proof of ownership is not made within 90 days from the date the sheriff reports the sale, the clerk shall pay such proceeds into the fine and bond forfeiture fund of the county. The clerk shall keep a permanent record of all sales, disbursements, and distributions made under this chapter. If the amount realized from the sale or other disposition of the animal is insufficient to pay all fees, costs, and expenses as provided for in Code Section 4-3-10, the deficit shall be paid by the county from its fine and bond forfeiture fund.

(Ga. L. 1953, Jan.-Feb. Sess., p. 380, § 8; Ga. L. 2015, p. 693, § 3-33/HB 233.)

The 2015 amendment, effective July 1, 2015, substituted "fine and bond forfeiture fund" for "fine and forfeiture fund" in the fourth and sixth sentences of subsection (b). See editor's note for applicability.

Editor's notes.

- Ga. L. 2015, p. 693, § 4-1/HB 233, not codified by the General Assembly, provides: "This Act shall become effective on July 1, 2015, and shall apply to seizures of property for forfeiture that occur on or after that date. Any such seizure that occurs before July 1, 2015, shall be governed by the statute in effect at the time of such seizure."

Law reviews.

- For article on the 2015 amendment of this Code section, see 32 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 1 (2015).


Am. Jur. 2d.

- 4 Am. Jur. 2d, Animals, § 37 et seq.


- 3B C.J.S., Animals, §§ 253, 256, 257, 258, 309 et seq.

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