Crimes Against Animals

In recognition of the growing number of animal abuse cases and the link Boxerbetween violence against animals and violence against people, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office maintains attorneys and investigators with a specialized interest in and knowledge of how best to prosecute these types of cases. The Crimes Against Animals Unit serves as a resource to educate the public, enforce the laws, and prosecute defendants whose crime involves animal cruelty.

Georgia law defines aggravated animal cruelty as knowingly and maliciously causing death or serious physical harm to an animal.  Offenses include dog or cock fighting, deprivation and overt abuse which results in serious injury or death. The maximum punishment for someone convicted of animal cruelty is five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.00.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has been recognized nationally for its commitment to prosecuting animal cruelty cases as the recipient of the Humane Society of the United States ‘Humane Law Enforcement Award.’