Crimes Involving Animals

Crimes Involving Animals in Georgia 

There is no doubt that we love our pets and treat them like family. We get very upset when animals are abused and there are heavy stigmas attached to animal abusers. If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime involving animals, you need legal representation right away. Our Attorneys at Lawson and Berry have over 50 combined years of criminal experience and know to successfully handle your case from start to finish. Don't wait to hire an attorney because it could make all the difference in your case.

Crimes Involving Animals in Georgia Include:

Abandonment of Dead Dogs: Occurs when a person leaves a dead dog on private or public property.

Abandonment of Dogs: Occurs when a person releases a dog on public or private property.

Cruelty to AnimalsOccurs when a person causes physical pain, suffering, or death to an animal by any unjustifiable act or omission. 

Cruelty to Dogs: Occurs when a person harms, maims, or kills any dog or attempts to do so.

Livestock Running at Large: Occurs when a person permits their livestock to stray upon public roads or the property of another.

Penalty for Crimes Involving Animals in Georgia

Crimes involving misdemeanors are charged as misdemeanors except for dogfighting which carries severe consequences. A person convicted of a misdemeanor will face up to one year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, or both.

Georgia Defenses

It was unintentional: If you had obtained consent to dump the dog on someone's property, but the dog fell off the back of your truck without you knowing onto someone else's land; you may have a defense.

I had consent from the owner: Evidence that the owner of the property of the county official approved your actions would negate the charges. 

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Although a misdemeanor conviction may seem inconsequential, spending time in jail or paying fines will have an impact on your life. It is still important that you retain representation to help you fight the charges and try to either get the jail time or fine lowered. The Georgia Criminal Defense Attorneys at Lawson and Berry are here for you! Contact us today for a free case evaluation. 

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