Animal Crimes by Type
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- Animal abandonment is the most common form of animal abuse.
- It can usually be prosecuted successfully under O.C.G.A § 16-12-4 as neglect.
- Notwithstanding the provisions of Code Section 4-11-13, it shall be unlawful for any person knowingly and intentionally to abandon any domesticated animal upon any public or private property or public right of way. This Code section shall not be construed as amending or otherwise affecting the provisions of Chapter 3 of this title, relating to livestock running at large or straying. O.C.G.A § 4-11-15.1
- No person shall release a dog on any property, public or private, with the intention of abandoning the dog. NOTE: this is only for dogs. O.C.G.A. § 4-8-3.
- Abandoned animals are subject to immediate seizure by appropriate authorities
- If the defendant asserts that the animal is not his, have that formally declared in court, or in writing, and unless additional ownership information is available, proceed to forfeit the animal as abandoned
- Occurs when an owner or temporary caregiver leaves an animal within a public or private place with no intent to return.
- This typically occurs when an owner moves out, and leaves the animal behind. From 2007-2009 there was a rapid increase in animal abandonment due to many owners losing their homes through the foreclosure process. These animals were often referred to as “foreclosure pets”
- Many animals during this time period went without food and water and eventually perished inside of the homes.
- Other animals were abandoned outdoors and perished due to lack of adequate survival skills.