Ga. Lawmakers File Bill to Make Owning Dangerous Dogs a Felony

A bill in Georgia is targeting man's best friend and their owners.

If House Bill 717 passes, people who own dangerous dogs could be slapped with felony charges.

The bill would penalize those who don't properly secure their dogs leading to an attack causing severe injury or death.

Representative Amy Carter of Valdosta co-sponsored the bill.

"We had the incident in Valdosta in the last month where a woman was killed by the neighbor's dog, and I say I'm a pet owner, a dog owner actually, very much a pet lover, but when it comes to human lives it's very much a different story."

If charged, owners could be fined up to $20,000 and be sentenced to up to three years in prison.


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  • by jade Location: dothan al on Jan 20, 2012 at 06:35 PM
    I am so tired of hearing ppl blaming certain dogs....dogs are born dangerous. Their made dangerous by stupid owners who don't need to own a dog....I own 2 pit bulls who I have raised the right way and they are friendly with everyone and everything...I owned a Doberman and can say the same....very sweet with everyone
  • by Ralph 's wife Location: Florida on Jan 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM
    Well it's about time some body did something about those kinds of dangerous dogs.Bull dogs, rockweilers, German Shepards, Dobermans. I owned a Doberman once, never again. He had a temperment problem. Times he was friendly,playful the best dog. Then at times I didn't trust him around my kids. He'd growl and nip at them. Whether he had a head ache or he just wanted to act ugly towards them---I don't know. He learned how to unlatch the latch on the chain link fence,just flip it up with his nose, to get out and run the road at night. And we found him the next day on the road he'd become a traffic fatality.
  • by rodsmith on Jan 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM
    works for me as long as the law also says "NO criminal charges can be filed if the attack occures on the owners property and the victim was not there with the owners knowlege or permission!" if you go on someone else's property without their permission and they have a dog and treats you like the trespasser you are...TOO BAD!
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