Title 4, Chapter 11, Section 2
As used in this article, the term:
(1) "Adequate food and water" means food and water which is
sufficient in an amount and appropriate for the particular type of
animal to prevent starvation, dehydration, or a significant risk
to the animal's health from a lack of food or water.
(1.1) "Animal control officer" means an individual authorized by
local law or by the governing authority of a county or
municipality to carry out the duties imposed by this article or
imposed by local ordinance.
(2) "Animal shelter" means any facility operated by or under
contract for the state, a county, a municipal corporation, or any
other political subdivision of the state for the purpose of
impounding or harboring seized, stray, homeless, abandoned, or
unwanted dogs, cats, and other animals; any veterinary hospital or
clinic operated by a veterinarian or veterinarians which operates
for such purpose in addition to its customary purposes; and any
facility operated, owned, or maintained by a duly incorporated
humane society, animal welfare society, or other nonprofit
organization for the purpose of providing for and promoting the
welfare, protection, and humane treatment of animals.
(3) "Equine" means any member of the Equidae species, including
horses, mules, and asses.
(4) "Humane care" of animals means, but is not limited to, the
provision of adequate heat, ventilation, sanitary shelter, and
wholesome and adequate food and water, consistent with the normal
requirements and feeding habits of the animal's size, species, and
(5) "Kennel" means any establishment, other than an animal
shelter, where dogs or cats are maintained for boarding, holding,
training, or similar purposes for a fee or compensation.
(6) "Person" means any person, firm, corporation, partnership,
association, or other legal entity, any public or private
institution, the State of Georgia, or any county, municipal
corporation, or political subdivision of the state.
(7) "Pet dealer" or "pet dealership" means any person who sells,
offers to sell, exchanges, or offers for adoption dogs, cats,
birds, fish, reptiles, or other animals customarily obtained as
pets in this state. However, a person who sells only animals that
he or she has produced and raised, not to exceed 30 animals a
year, shall not be considered a pet dealer under this article
unless such person is licensed for a business by a local
government or has a Georgia sales tax number. The Commissioner
may with respect to any breed of animals decrease the 30 animal
per year exception in the foregoing sentence to a lesser number of
any animals for any species that is commonly bred and sold for
commercial purposes in lesser quantities. Operation of a
veterinary hospital or clinic by a licensed veterinarian shall not
constitute the veterinarian as a pet dealer, kennel, or stable
under this article.
(8) "Secretary of Agriculture" means the secretary of the United
States Department of Agriculture.
(9) "Stable" means any building, structure, pasture, or other
enclosure where equines are maintained for boarding, holding,
training, breeding, riding, pulling vehicles, or other similar
purposes and a fee is charged for maintaining such equines or for
the use of such equines.