Ga. House rejects vicious dog penalties

No felony charges if animal mauls or kills person

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 7:47 AM
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ATLANTA -- The House of Representatives rejected a bill Monday that would have subjected the owner of a vicious dog to felony charges if the animal mauls or kills a person.

Although the vote was 82-73, it fell short of the majority of House members required for passage. Its sponsor, Rep. Penny Houston, R-Nashville, announced she intends to ask the House to reconsider the vote Wednesday when the General Assembly is in session again.

“This bill is to make the owners of vicious dogs responsible when they kill or maul another person. Every week we read in the newspaper about an attack by a vicious dog,” she said.

The felony would only apply after a court hearing determines the dog is “vicious” because of two other attacks against humans. It does not specify certain breeds.

Some legislators expressed concerns about whether it would apply to a dog secured in a pen is accidentally released by someone other than the owner or if the victim of an attack was trespassing

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Bonk
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Bonk 03/06/12 - 09:00 am
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So basically, in the great

So basically, in the great state of Georgia, you get a pass if your dog kills someone but if you're caught with < 1oz. of marijuana you're going to jail.

Magpie
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Magpie 03/06/12 - 09:12 am
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They want the dog to be held

They want the dog to be held accountable for it's own actions. Nevermind that vicious dogs are usually the result of irresponsible ownership. Sort of like, bad kids are usually the result of irresponsible parenting. (I said "usually"). But unlike people prison, in doggie prison the murderers get the death penalty and it is carried out immediatley.

madgerman
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madgerman 03/06/12 - 09:14 am
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I am amazed. Dosen't every
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I am amazed. Dosen't every owner of a loving pet keep them secured in a pen, especially if they are vicious? And isn't it against the law to pen animals up in a pen? As a matter of fact just what is considered a pen? When a human is in the pen it is for misdeeds so why would a loving pet be in the pen? Of course if a vicious animal attacks your kid, probably you would be charged with a crime if you shot it. Well we just need to keep sending the same old party line back to Atlanta to represent us. BTW did any of our local reps vote on this? Now that would be news we could use.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/06/12 - 09:16 am
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Basically Bonk....that is the

Basically Bonk....that is the way it works......do you know there are hundreds of ways an animal can get out of his fenced in area....I will try to find some videos that will convince you..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/06/12 - 09:20 am
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuggwOXQtF8

One of the best....& the dog learned this from a Ga Redneck!!

:):)

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 03/06/12 - 09:47 am
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seenitB4, that's a funny

seenitB4, that's a funny video. Of course, an escaped Beagle is hardly a danger to anyone.

An escaped Pit Bull, however, is something else. Anyone whose dogs maim or kill should be held liable, even if the dogs are escape artists. It's negligence not to keep dangerous dogs under control.

Bonk
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Bonk 03/06/12 - 11:08 am
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Love that dog's tenacity.

Love that dog's tenacity. Thanks for posting that! Did you notice that once he got out the other three were like "ok, now open the door for us"

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/06/12 - 11:13 am
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Anything for you

Anything for you Bonk...lol

Yep..they looked like they were saying How didcha do THAT..

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/06/12 - 07:06 pm
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Yes Bonk thats the way it
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Yes Bonk thats the way it looks. Don't get caught partaking just once, don't drop a crumb in your car, don't dare wish to open a smoking establishment in this free country, but by all means drive drunk over and over getting only misdemeanors because on the 10th one how are you to know after you left that bar you would be to intoxicated to drive and let your vicious dog injure and kill as much as you like, after all you can just let them kill the dog though you kept leaving the gate open, as immediate death and danger are nowhere near as important to prevent as smoking anything. (Please note the sarcasm) =)

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