2022 Georgia Code
Title 4 - Animals
Chapter 8 - Dogs
Article 2 - Responsible Dog Ownership
§ 4-8-22. Jurisdiction; Designation of Dog Control Officer; Consolidation of Services

Universal Citation: GA Code § 4-8-22 (2022)
  1. A county’s jurisdiction for the enforcement of this article shall be the unincorporated area of the county and a municipality’s jurisdiction for such enforcement shall be the territory within the corporate limits of the municipality.
  2. The governing authority of each local government shall designate one or more individuals as dog control officers to aid in the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this article. An individual carrying out the duties of dog control officer shall not be authorized to make arrests unless he or she is a law enforcement officer having the powers of arrest.
  3. Any county or municipality or any combination of such local governments may enter into agreements with each other for the consolidation of dog control services under this Code section.

History. Code 1981, § 4-8-22 , enacted by Ga. L. 2012, p. 1290, § 4/HB 685; Ga. L. 2014, p. 371, § 1/SB 290.

The 2014 amendment, effective July 1, 2014, in subsection (b), substituted “one or more individuals as dog control officers” for “an individual as dog control officer” in the first sentence and, in the second sentence, substituted “An individual” for “A person” at the beginning and substituted “he or she” for “the person” in the middle. See Editor’s notes for applicability.

Editor’s notes.

Ga. L. 2014, p. 371, § 6/SB 290, not codified by the General Assembly, provides: “This Act shall become effective on July 1, 2014, and shall apply to all violations and confiscations which occur on or after that date.”

Law reviews.

For article on the 2012 enactment of this Code section, see 29 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 180 (2012).

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