Clayton County’s Rules for Registration of Dangerous or Vicious Dogs

November 7, 2022

If an owner or other person responsible for the care of a dog is proven negligent, Georgia state law allows victims of dog bite attacks to recover compensation. In order to be helpful to the victims of animal attacks, we try and keep current with changes in the law and local ordinances which can affect the outcome of a case. Clayton County has some very specific rules we feel pet owners should be aware of to help them stay in compliance:

Clayton County, Georgia – Code of Ordinances
Chapter 14 – ANIMALS, ARTICLE VI. – RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP LAW, Sec. 14-140. – Registration for dangerous or vicious dog.

  1. The owner of a dangerous dog or vicious dog must secure a certificate of registration in accordance with the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 4-8-27.
  2. The annual fee for the certificate of registration shall be $1,000.00.
  3. Nonpayment of the registration fee shall be an offense and shall be punishable under section 1-12 of this Code.
  4. The dog control officer shall maintain a copy of all state and local laws applicable to dangerous dogs and vicious dogs which shall be available for inspection by the public during regular business hours. The dog control officer shall not be authorized to interpret these laws for the purpose of giving advice to owners.
  5. Warning signs of a dangerous or vicious dog shall be posted. In accordance with provisions of O.C.G.A. § 4-8-27, the signs shall be visibly posted for the public to see on all four sides of the premises where the dangerous or vicious dog is kept. The lettering shall be at least six inches in size and in a contracting color to the background.
  6. The county animal control unit may supply, at cost, to the owner of a registered dangerous dog or vicious dog, signs as required by O.C.G.A. § 4-8-27 and subsection (e) of this section.

(Code 1973, § 2-5-54; Ord. No. 93-59, § I, 6-15-93; Ord. No. 2010-174, § 1, 8-17-10; Ord. No. 2012-160, § 5, 8-7-12)

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DISCLAIMER: The information herein is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For any legal matters, we urge you to take the advice of an attorney familiar with your case.

 

DISCLAIMER: The information herein is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For any legal matters, we urge you to take the advice of an attorney familiar with your case.