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What Should I Know About Atlanta's Leash Laws?

America loves pets. About 70–80 million companion animals are dogs and another 74–96 million are cats. Of the high number of household pets in the United States, only a small number of them cause problems. While both dog and cat bites can be dangerous, more people file claims about dog bites. Cats tend to be smaller; the danger in their bites has more to do with bacterial infection than blood loss or severe tissue damage, as in the case of larger dogs. Over the course of canine domestication, certain dog types were also bred to fight, either for hunting or for human entertainment. For example, pit bulls are descended from bull-baiting dogs, a breed used to fight and restrain bulls. No studies have shown that dogs bred to fight are more inclined to aggressiveness. Rather, scientists found that any dog could show aggression or non-aggression depending on early socialization and training.

Domestic Animal Laws in Atlanta

In the past few years, many states have passed leash laws to protect the general public from bites and to protect leashed pets from traffic or becoming lost. Georgia doesn’t have statewide laws, but many individual cities have passed ordinances addressing how people treat their companion animals. Atlanta laws specifically apply to most domestic animals apart from cats. All people who keep domestic animals in Atlanta should be aware the following rules apply to pets:

  • Your animals can’t run at large, meaning they can’t be running around Atlanta outside your property.
  • If they are off your property, you must leash or otherwise restrain them under the control of a competent person.
  • The leash must be attached to a properly fitted collar or harness, not directly wrapped around an animal’s neck.
  • For dogs, the leash cannot be more than 6 feet in length.
  • Dogs participating in training or obedience trials, field trials, dog shows, tracking work, or law enforcement are the only companion animals allowed to walk in public without a leash.
  • If you have no enclosed yard, you must keep your animal on a leash.

Following these guidelines will ensure your pet is protected from running into the street or escaping. It will also help protect other people from potential attack or injury.

Legal Help for Atlanta Dog Bite Victims

If you’ve been bitten by an unleashed animal in Atlanta, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact one of our Atlanta dog bite injury lawyers for a free case consultation.