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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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