ATLANTA — Georgians who own dogs that are deemed dangerous will soon face penalties if their animals injure people under a bill recently signed into law.
Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday signed House Bill 685, which provides definitions and hearing procedures for determining whether a dog is dangerous or vicious.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the bill defines procedures for handling and keeping such animals, including muzzling and requiring a secure enclosure. If a dog has been defined as vicious, the owner must carry $50,000 in insurance and the dog must have a microchip.
A dog owner could face at least a year in prison and at least a $5,000 fine if the dog injures someone on a second occasion.