Dog Breed Regulations Throughout the Georgia
Georgia Dog Bite Attorney Discusses Dog Breed Regulations Throughout the State of Georgia
The state of Georgia has various dog breed laws that are different based on the city and county that you live in. Because every city and county is unique, there are no uniform dog breed laws applicable all across the state of Georgia. As such, both dog owners and community members should have a good understanding of whether there are dog breed restrictions where they live. As dog bites and attacks continue to harm innocent victims throughout Georgia, local communities have been implementing restrictions on certain breeds known to be involved in many dog bites or attacks.
Most people will agree that dogs are companions, family members, and, traditionally, man’s best friend. However, there are dog owners in Georgia who own certain dog breeds for the specific purpose of exploiting those dogs to fighting or other illicit reasons. Such owners do not care about ensuring the dogs have a good home but instead are setting these dogs up to be euthanized for being dangerous. Because there are a few bad apples who have contributed to the increase in dog bites and attacks, local cities and counties have taken it upon themselves to implement rules and regulations they feel are necessary to keep the community safe.
What Are the Dog Breed Restrictions in Georgia?
Examples of localized dog breed restrictions include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
- Clarkston – Rottweilers and Pit bulls are banned from off-leash city parks;
- College Park – Pit bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and German Shepherds are all considered potentially dangerous;
- Dawson – Pit bulls are considered potentially dangerous;
- Lafayette – Pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Chows are considered vicious;
- Lyons – Pit bulls are declared vicious;
- Marietta – Pitbulls and Rottweilers are prohibited from dog parks and off-leash areas;
- Trenton – Pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Chows are considered vicious; and
- West Point – Pit bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Chows, Presa Canarios, and wolf hybrids are all considered potentially vicious.
Because there have been so many dog attacks and dog bites throughout Georgia, Atlanta, and other cities have strengthened the rules regarding the types of breeds that can be present in public places and the types of breeds that are considered to be inherently dangerous and potentially vicious. It may seem unfair to discriminate against certain dog breeds. However, there is a trend that suggests that certain dog breeds are more prone to attack humans and other pets than others. This does not mean that there are no good Pit bulls or Rottweilers out there. All dogs have the potential to be good, but can only be good with adequate training and responsible and loving owners.
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