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Georgia Governor Signs Legislation to Make Animal Abusers Pay for Care

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that will help law enforcement agencies crack down on animal cruelty by requiring that someone whose animals are seized pay for the animals’ care while the criminal case is prosecuted.

Debra Berger, Georgia state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

“We congratulate all our partners in passing this important law to help put the financial burden of caring for abused animals on the abuser, rather than on the taxpayer. The new law ensures that animals who are victims of illegal animal cruelty get the care that they deserve.”  

Sen. Michael Williams, R-Forsyth; Sen. John Albers, R-Rosewell; Sen. Jesse Stone, R-Waynesboro; Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna and Rep. Jimmy Pruett, R-Eastman championed the legislation. The Association County Commissioners of Georgia, Georgia Municipal Association, Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, Georgia Chiefs of Police and the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia also supported the legislation. 

Media Contact: Cheylin Parker; 240-599-6848, cparker@humanesociety.org

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