§ 8-180. Penalties  


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  • (a) The owner of a dangerous dog who violates the applicable provisions of sections 8-171 through 8-176 or section 8-179, or whose dangerous dog is subject to confiscation under section 8-177 shall be guilty pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 4-8-28(a) of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature in addition to the penalties imposed by state law.

    (b) The owner of a potentially dangerous dog who violates the applicable provisions of sections 8-171 through 8-176 or section 8-179, or whose potentially dangerous dog is subject to confiscation under section 8-178 shall be guilty pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 4-8-28(b) of a misdemeanor in addition to the penalties imposed by state law.

    (c) If the owner of a dangerous dog who has a previous conviction for a violation of this chapter knowingly and willfully fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter, and if the owner's dangerous dog attacks and bites a human being under circumstances constituting another violation of this chapter, such owner shall be guilty pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 4-8-28(c) of a felony.

    (d) The owner of a dangerous dog who knowingly and willfully fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter, and whose dangerous dog aggressively attacks and causes severe injury or death of a human being under circumstances constituting a violation of this chapter shall be guilty pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 4-8-28(d) of a felony.

    (e) In addition to the penalties for violations provided herein, the dangerous dog involved shall be immediately confiscated by the animal 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 dangerous dog shall be destroyed in an expeditious and humane manner.

    (f) No owner of a dangerous dog shall be held criminally liable under state law for injuries inflicted by said owner's dog to any human being while on the owner's property pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 4-8-28(f).

(Ord. of 5-24-2008(1), § 10-40(2)—(7))

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Similar provisions, O.C.G.A. § 4-8-28.