Georgia Dog Bite Laws and Legal Resource: How does Georgia law hold a dog owner responsible for a dog bite or attack? Fortunately, Georgia has some dog bite law that is very favorable to victims. In Georgia, you may be able to hold a dog owner liable if you can show that the owner was aware that the dog was dangerous; that is, that the owner knew or should have known the animal was aggressive or a bite-risk, and that the owner was careless in handling the dog or allowing it to be around other people. People often refer to this as the “one free bite” rule, which is a bit misleading, because proving a prior actual bite is not always necessary. The standard is whether the dog owner knew or should have known that the dog had a tendency to cause the injury in question.
Another way of proving a dog bite case against the owner is to show that there were leash laws or local ordinances dealing with at-large animals, and that the dog owner violated these laws. If you are bitten by the dog while the dog is unleashed or running free, you may be able to take action against the dog’s owner by showing that the owner wrongfully or carelessly failed to obey requirements to secure the animal.
For more information, view our legal video, GA Dog Laws – Proving Liability.