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Gov. Deal Signs Georgia House Bill 685 to Increase Penalties of Dangerous Dog Attacks

Gov. Deal Signs Georgia House Bill 685 to Increase Penalties of Dangerous Dog Attacks

Dog owners will soon be held responsible for the injuries their dangerous dogs inflict on other people. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 685 into law yesterday. HB 685 defines how Georgia will crack down on punishing those owners of dangerous dogs who do not take proper procedures to handle them. HB 685 defines the process of determining whether or not a dog is dangerous and then the guidelines for keeping dangerous dogs. Mainly, if a dog is considered dangerous, the owner must have the dog micro chipped and have insurance that covers up to $50,000 in dog damages.

The owner of a dangerous dog that injures someone can face state-mandated penalties, according the AJC.

  • First offense- the owner would be guilty of a high and aggravated misdemeanor
  • Second offense- the owner could face up to a year in prison at least a $5,000 fine

Georgia lawmakers have been working towards harsher penalties for owners of aggressive dogs. On our blog, we’ve covered topics like this before. Check out one of our library articles where a Kalka & Baer dog bite lawyer explains Georgia’s leash laws.

A recent post details the problem of Georgia dog bites and attacks. The Kalka & Baer law firm has represented clients who have been bitten or injured by dogs that have been left unleashed, clients who have been riding bicycles and attacked by a dog.

If you’ve had an encounter with a dangerous dog, you should contact Kalka & Baer. Click over to our contact page and fill out an online form for someone to get back to you. A case consultation is free and requires no commitment, so contact us today.


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