Georgia - Animal Abuse Resources for Veterinarians

Last updated June 2015

The material provided below is a periodically updated summary. Legal requirement may change at any time so it is imperative that you follow the links provided to the current law or statute relating to animal abuse reporting by veterinarians. The absence of specific legal requirements or protections relating to veterinarians should not be taken as an exemption from the responsibility to report abuse which may exist under other non-veterinarian-specific legislation, regulations or professional guidelines. [Back to Map].

Covered person: licensed accredited veterinarian or veterinary technician
Animal Abuse Reporting is: allowed
"may make or cause to be made a report" (4-11-17a)
Reportable Offenses: cruelty
(16-12-4. b-c)
dog fighting
Good Faith Reporting has: immunity
"shall ... be immune from any civil or criminal liability" (4-11-17b)
Report to: Commissioner (his or her designee) or an animal control officer
or a law enforcement agency
or a prosecuting attorney

Code of Georgia

Found in Title 4. Animals. Chapter 11. Animal Protection. Article 1. General Provisions. O.C.G.A. § 4-11-17  (2014)

Title 16. Crimes and Offenses. Chapter 12. Offenses Against Public Health and Morals. Article 1. General Provisions. O.C.G.A. § 16-12-4  (2014), Article 2. Gambling and Related Offenses. Part 1. Gambling.
O.C.G.A. § 16-12-37  (2014)