A number of pre-trial motions can be brought depending on the facts and charges of your case, including the following:
As a condition of bond or pretrial release, ask the judge for “NO animals in the defendant’s custody, control, or household.”
Be sure to research and understand all aspects of Georgia Title 4 disposal actions so that you can seek to dispose the animals as soon as possible. In addition, when negotiating a plea, remember to add surrender of all seized animals, including those born and unborn from the seized animal. See link to Title 4 disposal actions here. LINK
Although Georgia does not yet have a specific statute on this there is nothing prohibiting a prosecutor to ask that the defendant post a bond for the cost of care of his/her animal pending the disposition of the case. If a defendant claims that the abused animal does not belong to him/her then you can ask the court to deem the animal as abandoned, allowing the animal to be fostered or adopted.
Crawford v. Washington is the basis for a motion that allows documents and/or statements from any non-testifying or unavailable witnesses to be admitted. This motion can be filed to bring in testimony of out-of-state experts, such as those specializing in DNA analysis.
File a pre-trial motion to admit all videotapes and photographs and any other evidence you will admit of the charged crime. Be prepared to argue this motion with an objection from defense counsel.
Although currently there is no “pet protective order” under Georgia law, the Judge can still be asked to include the family pet when issuing a protective order. While investigating the case, ask the non-offending owner or check court records to determine if the animal victim was protected under a court order. This can be used as crucial evidence to strengthen certain elements of the crime(s) charged because it shows prior harm or threats to the animal victim or other animals.