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Dangerous Animal Control
150 Hudson Ridge
Suite 4
Homer, Georgia 30547

(706) 677-4272

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Paul Ruark
Banks County
Dangerous Animal Control

Paul Ruark, Code Enforcement Officer

The mission of the Banks County Dangerous Animal Control Department is to:
  • Enforce those County ordinances applicable to domesticated animals
  • May be through education, warning, citation, or arrest.
  • Help educate the public about responsible animal ownership.
You can assist the Dangerous Animal Control Department by:
  • Spay/neuter and vaccinate animals
  • Give animals proper medical care and routine examinations
  • Provide your animal an adequate supply of food and water
  • Provide proper shelter
  • Keep animals contained and under control
  • Being considerate
  • Train your animal
  • Obey animal ordinances

Definition of A Dangerous Dog 
A dangerous dog means any dog that
  • causes a substantial puncture of a person's skin by teeth without causing serious injury; provided, however, that a nip, scratch or abrasion shall not be sufficient to classify a dog as dangerous.
  • aggressively attacks in a manner that causes a person to reasonably believe that the dog posed an imminent threat of serious injury to such person or another person although no such injury occurs;  provided, however, that the acts of barking, growling, or showing of teeth by a dog shall not be sufficient to classify a dog as dangerous
  • while off the owners property, kills an animal; provided, however that this subparagraph shall not apply where the death of such animal is caused by a dog that is working or training as a hunting dog, herding dog or predator control dog

Once a Dog Is Classified as Dangerous
When a dog control officer determines that a dog is subject to classification as a dangerous dog or vicious dog, the dog control officer shall mail a dated notice tot he dog's owner within 72 hours.  Such notice shall include a summary of the dog control officer's determination and shall state that the owner has a right to request a hearing from the authority on the dog control officer's determination within 15 days after the date shown on the notice.  

The notice shall also provide a form for requesting the hearing and shall state  that if a hearing is not requested within the allotted time, the dog control officer's determination shall become effective for all purposes under this article.
Once a Hearing Is Requested
When a hearing is requested by a dog owner in accordance with subsection of this Code section, such hearing shall be scheduled  within 30 days after the request is received; provided, however, that such hearing may be continued by the authority for good cause show.   At least ten days prior to the hearing the authority conducting the hearing shall mail to the dog owner written notice of the date, time and place of the hearing. 

At the hearing, the dog owner shall be given the opportunity to testify and present evidence and the authority conducting the hearing shall receive other evidence and testimony as may be  reasonably necessary to sustain, modify or overrule the dog control officer's determination.  

Within ten days after the hearing, the authority which conducted the hearing shall mail written notice to the dog owner of its determination on the matter.  If such determination is that the dog is a dangerous dog or a vicious dog, the notice of classification shall specify the date upon which that determination shall be effective.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: If my dog is deemed to be dangerous, what options to I have?
A: Within 15 days, you may request a hearing to review the facts and evidence.
Q: How long will it take to receive the judgement of the hearing?
A: Written notice will be sent within ten days of the hearing.
Q: Can I give my dog away if it's on the vicious dog list?
A: A vicious dog may not be transferred, sold or donated to anyone unless it needs to be euthanized or is relinquished to a governmental facility.
Q: What do I need to do if my dog has gotten loose?
A: If the dog is classified (Vicious or Dangerous) then the dog control officer must be notified within 24 hours.
Q: What are the requirements for obtaining a certificate of registration for a dangerous dog?
A: The dog must be inside an enclosure.  warning signs must be posted at all entrances where the dog resides.
Q: What must I do to have my classified dog off of my property?
A: The dog is on a leash 6 feet in length, and is under physical control at all times;  the dog is in a locked cage or crate; or the dog is working or training as a hunting dog, herding dog, or predator control dog.
Q: Are there any restrictions on owning a classified dog?
A: The owner of the dog may not be convicted of two or more violations of the Dangerous Dog Act.  The owner may only own one vicious dog.
Q: How old must I be to obtain a registration certificate for a dangerous dog?
A: To obtain a dangerous dog certificate the applicant must be 18 years or older.

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