Full Statute Name:  West's Code of Georgia Annotated. TITLE 4. ANIMALS. CHAPTER 8. DOGS. ARTICLE 2. DANGEROUS DOG CONTROL. Jurisdiction and duties of local governments.

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Primary Citation:  Ga. Code Ann., § 4-8-22 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  October, 2015 Alternate Citation:  GA ST § 4-8-22 Date Adopted:  1988

This Georgia statute provides authority for local governing units to enforce this article. This statute further establishes that the local government shall designate an individual as a dog control officer to aid in the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this article; the dog control officer does not have the authority to make arrests unless the person is a law enforcement officer. Additionally, this article also allows local governments to make arrangements with each other for consolidation of dog control services.

Statute Text: 

(a) A county's jurisdiction for the enforcement of this article shall be the unincorporated area of the county and a municipality's jurisdiction for such enforcement shall be the territory within the corporate limits of the municipality.

(b) The governing authority of each local government shall designate one or more individuals as dog control officers to aid in the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this article. An individual carrying out the duties of dog control officer shall not be authorized to make arrests unless he or she is a law enforcement officer having the powers of arrest.

(c) Any county or municipality or any combination of such local governments may enter into agreements with each other for the consolidation of dog control services under this Code section.


Laws 1988, p. 824, § 2; Laws 2000, p. 1238, § 1; Laws 2012, Act 765, § 4, eff. July 1, 2012; Laws 2014, Act 554, § 1, eff. July 1, 2014.

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