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Seizure and Holding of Animal Victims

Seizure and Holding of Animal Victims

 

  • The Commissioner, his or her designated agent, an animal control officer who is an employee of the state or local government, or any sheriff, deputy sheriff, or other peace officer is authorized to impound any animal: O.C.G.A. 4-11-9.2
    • That has not received humane care
    • That has been subjected to cruelty
    • If it is determined that a consent order or other order concerning treatment of animals is issue
  • The special requirement for animal care in animal abuse cases demand that these cases be moved as quickly as possible through the system
  • In some instances, an animal may not receive the needed medical treatment without the owner’s consent or willingness to surrender ownership, which may be withheld
    • If this is the case, the prosecutor should file a motion with the court to secure an order authorizing necessary care
  • In cases where victim animals are owned by the defendant, investigators and prosecutors should work to obtain defendant’s relinquishment of the seized animals
  • It is important for prosecutors and investigators to work with animal protection partners because citizens criticize seizing animals only to have the government to euthanize them
  • File a Title 4 Disposal Action!

 

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