The Senate passed legislation on Monday which would charge the owner of a dog with a felony if their dog attacks a human for the second time. The vote was 50-1.
Under current law, a dog is already considered “vicious” after a first attack on a human, but House Bill 685 would increase the punishment for attacks by a dog deemed vicious.
The bill will now return to the House for another vote, as the Senate changed the originally-passed bill by the House. After the House passes the bill, to become law, it will have to go the governor for his signature.
The legislation was spurred by recent dog attacks on children in Savannah and Atlanta. In these particular cases, the dogs had attacked a human in prior incidents.
Ty Wilson is a Savannah dog attack lawyer who is dedicated to assisting the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to read his many articles, watch his videos and to download/order his FREE BOOKS. He encourages anyone who has been injured to FIRST become as informed as possible BEFORE hiring an attorney, talking to the insurance company or even signing any forms.
If you have specific questions for a dog bite attorney, give Ty a call at 1-866-937-5454.
Read Ty’s article, Do I Have a Valid Georgia Dog Attack Claim?
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.