Those that own a Pit Bull, Rottweiler, or other “dangerous dog” in the city of College Park, will have to now pay a $25 fee to register their dog with the city clerk’s office.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this new requirement of dog registration comes after a series of recent Pit Bull attacks in the region and was passed by College Park City Council in order to make it easier to trace dogs that attack back to their owners. The dog owner registration ordinance will also supposedly help Animal Control keep a closer eye on potentially dangerous dogs.
The College Park ordinance, which will take effect on July 1, requires owners of the following breeds to register their dogs and pay the annual fee: Pit Bull, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Doberman, and German Shepherd. In addition, a dog owner must register and pay the fee if he or she has a dog that has ever bitten without provocation, regardless of the breed.
Not everybody is happy about the new dog owner registration fees, as some argue that these registries will not do anything to prevent future dog attacks. Yet dog owners across the state of Georgia should be aware that they can be held liable for injuries if a dog bite victim can prove that the animal in question was dangerous and that the dog owner carelessly managed his or her pet. FindLaw states that a person may even be entitled to punitive damages after suffering from a dog bite or animal attack.