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Animal Cruelty Laws

There is no doubt that we love our pets and treat them like family. In Animal Cruelty Laws, We get very upset when animals are abused and there are heavy stigmas attached to animal abusers. If you or a loved one has been accused of an Animal Cruelty Laws, you need legal representation right away. Our Attorneys at Al Forgone have over 50 combined years of criminal experience and know to successfully handle your case from start to finish. Don’t wait to hire an attorney because it could make all the difference in your case.

Animal Cruelty Laws in Georgia Include:

Abandonment of Dead DogsAbandonment of dead dogs occurs when a person leaves a dead dog on private or public property. However, if it was unintentional, that will be a sufficient defense. A conviction under this law will be treated as a misdemeanor. 

Abandonment of DogsAbandoned dogs pose a problem to people and other dogs. It is illegal to intentionally release a dog on public or private property. 

Cruelty to AnimalsIn Georgia, cruelty to animals occurs when a person causes physical pain, suffering, or death to an animal by any unjustifiable act or omission. This can manifest in hundreds of different ways. Additionally, if the conduct was malicious, the charge can be elevated to aggravated cruelty to animals. 

Cruelty to DogsCruelty to dogs is another offense a person can be charged with after hurting an animal. Under the statute, it is illegal to harm, maim, kill, or perform a cruel act on a dog. It is also a crime to attempt to do these things to dogs. 

Dog fighting: Dog fighting can present itself in five different ways according to Georgia law. They include wagering money on the result of dog fighting, allowing the act to occur on your premises, and promoting or advertising a dogfight. A person convicted of any part of dog fighting will be guilty of a felony. 

Livestock running at LargeLivestock running at large occurs when a person permits their livestock to stray upon public roads or the property of another. If convicted, the defendant will be charged with a misdemeanor. 

Penalty for Animal Cruelty Laws in Georgia

Crimes involving misdemeanors are charged as misdemeanors except for dog fighting which carries severe consequences. A person convicted of a misdemeanor will face up to one year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, or both.

Georgia Defenses

It was unintentional: If you had obtained consent to dump the dog on someone’s property, but the dog fell off the back of your truck without you knowing onto someone else’s land; you may have a defense.

I had consent from the owner: Evidence that the owner of the property of the county official approved your actions would negate the charges.

Animal Cruelty Laws

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