But is the reputation deserved? The American Kennel Club, which classifies pit bulls as American Staffordshire Terriers, describes the breed as "people-oriented" and "intelligent and excellent guardians."
In 2015, the Georgia General Assembly considered preventing local authorities from banning pit bulls, but eventually backed away from that effort. A law passed in 2016 permits local governments to continue writing own measures to deal with "vicious dogs, abandoned dogs, or stray dogs."
Senate Bill 184 was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal and went into effect July 1, 2016.
Pit bull ordinances in metro Atlanta
Cobb County: The city of Marietta prohibits pit bulls and Rottweilers from dog parks or off-leash areas.
Gwinnett County: The city of Lawrenceville has restrictions against pit bulls and ordinances against "vicious dogs."
Fulton County: The city of East Point declares pit bulls, rottweilers, doberman pinschers and German shepherds as "potentially dangerous."
Explore DogsBite.org’s interactive map below for more local ordinances and media reports of pit bull attacks in Georgia:
This story has been updated.