• Require registration for the possession of certain dogs
• Require certain safety and indemnity measures as a condition of owning a dog classified as vicious or dangerous
• Provide for euthanasia of dogs in certain instances
• Provide for tougher criminal offenses and punishment
Any person who violates the provisions of this article could face a $500 fine for a second conviction, and $750 fine for a third or subsequent conviction.
If the owner of a dangerous or vicious dog continuously fails to comply and his/her dog attacks or bites a human or causes severe injury to or the death of a human, an animal control officer can immediately confiscate the dog and place it in quarantine for a period of time as provided by the health department. Thereafter, the dog may be humanely destroyed.
Fulton County provides animal control services within the city of Atlanta through a contract with an approved animal-control-services vendor under the direction and control of the county.