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Georgia Animal Owner Laws for Dog Attack and Bites


April 26, 2018

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, Lawyers for Victims of Animal Attacks Throughout Georgia 

Dog bites and animal attacks can be deadly. Attacks by dogs and other dangerous animals causenumerous injuries and hundreds of millions of dollars in personal injuries every year. While the average number of animal attacks has declined in recent years, the amount of damages paid out in personal injury claims has increased. 

Animal attacks include more than just bites. Said attacks can also involve the animal jumping on pedestrians and bicyclists as they pass by and knocking them down, leading to serious injuries. As such, the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia passed laws and ordinances that obligate animal owners to keep people safe from their animals.

Georgia animal attack victim lawyers Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, strive to recover significant compensation for victims of animal attacks in Atlanta and throughout the entire state of Georgia. They have the experience, skill, and understanding of Georgia animal laws and Atlanta ordinances governing animal control to hold those accountable for their failure to control their dog or inherently dangerous animal. 

Claims Paid for Animal Attacks

In 2014, people made 16,550 claims for personal injuries from animal attacks across the U.S. The total amount of claims paid out by insurance companies in 2014 amounted to $530.8 billion nationwide. The average cost of an animal attack paid by insurance companies was $32,072.00 in 2014. The median value of animal attack claims was lower in 2013. In 2013, the average valueof a dog attack claim was $27,862.00.

In the last year that statistics were available, Georgia ranked in the top ten in the U.S. for total claims for dog bites and animal attacks. Georgia residents made 388 claims for animal attacks causing personal injuries. As a result, insurance companies paid personal injury compensation totaling approximately $12.2 million. 

Atlanta Ordinances / Georgia Animal Attack Laws

Atlanta passed a series of ordinances with the intent to protect its citizens from dog attacks. However, the ordinances vary slightly between DeKalb County and Fulton County. Atlanta has a leash law, which mandates that every dog is on a leash no longer than six feet unless the animal is confined to a vehicle or within a fenced-in yard. In essence, all dogs must be restrainedby a person who is competent to handle the animal. Competency to handlethe animal is a vague term. However, it might simply mean that the person in control of the dog must be strong enough and have sufficient intelligence or understanding to properly restrain the animal. Also, the dog must be in the care of a person to whom the dog will listen.  

Atlanta ordinances require owners of “dangerous or vicious” dogs to handle their animals properly. The ordinance defines a dangerous dog as one that has punctured the skin of a victim after an attack. A dog that growls, barks, or shows its teeth while on their property is not necessarily considered a vicious dog. However, the ordinance defines a vicious dog if a reasonable person believes that he or she might suffer an imminent attack or the dog aggressively attacked but did not cause damage. 

The definition of dangerous or vicious dog is vital to understanding an animal owner’s obligations. Atlanta ordinances compel the dangerous animal owner to make sure that the dog cannot leave its premises and are under control at all times. Additionally, the animal owner must display a sign warning visitors to the property that a dangerous or vicious dog is present on the land. 

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If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 37 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Sources:
https://www.animallaw.info/statutes/us/georgia
https://www.animallaw.info/statute/ga-bite-§-51-2-6-dogs-liability-owner-or-keeper-injuries-livestock
https://www.animallaw.info/statute/ga-dangerous-dog-ordinances-chapter-8-dogs
https://www.animallaw.info/statute/ga-dangerous-dog-ordinances-chapter-8-dogs
https://www.animallaw.info/statute/ga-dog-consolidated-dog-laws#s4
https://www.animallaw.info/statute/ga-exotic-pets-wildlife-chapter-5-wild-animals
http://statelaws.findlaw.com/georgia-law/atlanta-dog-bites-the-basics.html
https://library.municode.com/ga/atlanta/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOORENOR_CH18AN_ARTIVPRAPPOWIFUCO_DIV4VIANDAPODADO_S18-170PRBETAOW

Category: Personal Injury

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