City of Decatur in DeKalb County, GA has Ordinance Regarding Dangerous Animals

December 8, 2022

Dog bites can be serious injuries and cause lasting damage – complicated by a significant chance of infection. When considering a personal injury attorney who can represent you in a dog or animal attack, it’s important to find one who is aware of local laws and ordinances. In an effort to help our clients win their demands, we present the following ordinance.


Decatur, Georgia – Code of Ordinances, Chapter 14 – ANIMALS, ARTICLE II. – ANIMAL CONTROL, Sec. 14-31. – Definitions.

Dangerous animal means any animal which constitutes a physical threat to human beings or other domestic animals by virtue of a known propensity to endanger life by an unprovoked assault or by biting so as to cause serious bodily harm or an animal trained, owned, or harbored for the purpose, primarily or in part, of animal fighting.

An animal shall not be deemed dangerous if:

    1. It bites, attacks or menaces:
      1. Anyone assaulting the owner;
      2. A trespasser on the property of the owner; or
      3. Any person or other animal who has tormented or abused it.
    2. It is otherwise acting in defense of an attack from a person or other animal upon the owner or other person.
    3. It is protecting or defending its young or other animal.

(Code 1967, § 5-18; Ord. No. O-99-19, §§ 1, 2, 12-20-99; Ord. No. O-05-05, Art. II, §§ 1, 2, 4-4-05)

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