Georgia does not have a Dog Bite Statute.
Under Georgia common law, a dog owner is liable for damages if the owner knew, or should have known, that the dog had the propensity to bite and cause injury. Under Georgia law, a dog’s aggressiveness or menacing behavior alone is not sufficient to place the owner on notice of the dog’s propensity to bite.
Under Georgia law, a “dangerous dog” is any dog that:
"Vicious dog" means a dog that inflicts serious injury on a person or causes serious injury to a person resulting from reasonable attempts to escape from the dog's attack.
"Serious injury" is defined as any physical injury that creates a substaintial risk of death; results in death, broken or dislocated bones, lacerations requiring multiple sutures, or disfiguring avulsions; requires plastic surgery or admission to a hospital; or results in protracted impairment of health, including transmission of an infection or contagious disease, or impairment of the function of any bodily organ.
Under Georgia law, a “potentially dangerous dog” is a dog that, without provocation, bites a human.
Owners of dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs are strictly liability for injuries and damages caused by their dogs. In addition to civil liability, owners face criminal penalties of up to $5,000 in fines and one year in prison for the first offense, and up to $10,000 in fines and ten years in prison for second and subsequent offenses.
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