New Law on Dog Attacks ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

New Law on Dog Attacks

A new Georgia law has been put in place. The law is known as “Mercedes Law,” named after a girl who has undergone more than a dozen reconstructive surgeries after being attacked by a vicious dog. If you think your dog doesn’t qualify as dangerous, you may need to re-think that. Any dog can be provoked to bite, but there are certain situations you would be well advised to avoid. It doesn’t matter what breed of dog you have; any animal can be provoked to bite. Dogs can become aggressive while defending just about anything. Be aware of how your dog acts, even when you are not around, is your responsibility. All dogs can and should be trained regardless of the age or size of the animal. This new law makes it easier for dogs to be defined as dangerous or vicious and for owners to be sanctioned for failing to properly control or contain their pet.

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