It’s not going to be the most popular measure in the city of College Park in Fulton County as far as dog lovers are concerned, but it could help monitor a number of aggressive breeds, reducing the incidence of bites involving these breeds.The City of College Park has imposed a new dog fee on owners of certain breeds of dogs. As an Atlanta personal injury attorney, I very much welcome the new fee. The is a high frequency of dog bites among certain breeds and city and county governments need to take action.
College Park Council member Ambrose Clay began pushing for the ordinance after reports of two dog bite incidents in his area over the last year.The ordinance will go into effect on the 1st of July, when owners of certain breeds that the city has already decided are potentially dangerous, must pay an annual $25 fee.This fee must be paid even if the dog has never been involved in an attack or bite incident before.The breeds that are included in this ordinance include, not surprisingly,many breeds which are often involved in dog bite incidents in Atlanta.Several pit bull mixes including American pit bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers and American Staffordshire terriers are included in the list of dogs.Other breeds also include Dobermen, German Shepherds and Rottweilers.Besides owners of these breeds, owners of dogs that have been involved in a bite incident are also required to register their dog in the registry.
As expected, dog owners who own these breeds in College Park, have been upset.However, the College Park Council believes that this fee system will enable the city to track and monitor the movement of aggressive breeds, especially those that are involved in bite incidents. See, http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/14842402/dog-owners-face-fee
The Atlanta dog bite lawyers at the Katz Law Firm represent persons injured in dog bites across Atlanta and Georgia