§ 196. Animal control.  


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  • (a)

    Short title. This Act may be known and shall be cited as the "Enabling Act for Local Legislation on Cruelty to Domestic Animals and Domestic Animal Control."

    (b)

    Applicable to certain counties. The provisions of this Act shall be applicable in all counties of this State having a population of not less than four hundred thousand (400,000) according to the United States Decennial Census of 1970 or any future census.

    (c)

    Standards and methods of enforcement.

    (a)

    Any provision of any other law to the contrary notwithstanding, the governing authorities of every county in the State of Georgia having a population of not less than four hundred thousand (400,000) according to the United States Decennial Census of 1970 or any future such census may through proper resolution or ordinance prescribe standards and set forth methods of enforcement and penalties for:

    (1)

    Control of loose domestic animals, including, but not limited to, livestock.

    (2)

    Domestic animal impoundment procedures.

    (3)

    Sale and possession of domestic animals.

    (4)

    Cruelty to domestic animals.

    (b)

    As used in subsection (a) of this section, the phrase "domestic animals" means those animals which have traditionally lived in a state of dependence upon and under the dominion and control of man and have been kept as tame pets, raised as livestock or used for commercial breeding purposes, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, horses, cattle, swine, and chickens.

(Acts 1979, p. 516, §§ 1—3)