Anyone who violates the ordinance, which also applies to all domesticated animals, could face a $500 fine for a second conviction, and a $750 fine for a third or subsequent conviction. First-time offenders receive a warning.
If the owner doesn’t comply and his or her dog causes severe injury to or the death of a person, an animal control officer can immediately place the dog in quarantine. After that, the dog may be “humanely destroyed.”
Fulton County provides animal control services in Atlanta through a contract with an approved animal-control-services vendor.
Read the full ordinance, beginning on page 3,486, here.
According to the news release:
The revised provisions relating to dangerous and vicious dogs will:
- Provide public safety and administrative procedures for the identification of dangerous and vicious dogs
- 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
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Channel 2's Richard Belcher reports.