According to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on ajc.com, College Park will institute a “dangerous dog” registry next month, which means that any residents who own a dog that have bitten a person, without being provoked, since March 31, 1989, will have to register their dog with the city clerk’s office. Additionally, all pit bulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers and German shepherds will need to be registered.
This new legislation is in the interest of public safety and it isn’t unique. Lawrenceville, LaGrange and Floyd County have enacted similar laws, however, College Park will be the first to include breeds outside of pit bulls.
Some dog owners are complaining about the new law, as there is a $25 fee that goes along with the registration. Any person who does not register their dog will be slapped with a fine and pets will be confiscated.
However, safety is the basis for this new law after several recent dog attacks around College Park including an infant that was seriously injured after being mauled by a pit bull in Clayton County last August.
It is unclear whether such efforts will help prevent dog attacks, as it is not a ban on certain breeds, but merely a registry. This law will make it difficult for dog owners to deny they own a dog that has attacked and injured someone.
Having represented many dog bite victims this law will help identify ownership should the dog who has bitten or dangerous breed attack someone in the future.
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