(a) Any person shall be in violation of this chapter and shall be guilty of aggravated cruelty who knowingly and maliciously causes or aids another person or animal in causing or attempting to cause the death, physical harm or serious disfigurement of an animal by, but not limited to, any of the following:
- (1) Rendering a part of such animal's body useless;
- (2) Drowning, severely starving, severely dehydrating, strangling, suffocating, burying alive, or burning;
- (3) Attempting to kill, abuse, maim, disfigure, dismember, mutilate or torture any animal; or
- (4) Administering poison to any animal or exposing any animal to any poisonous or toxic/deadly substance.
(b) Exception: Licensed veterinarians who perform surgery or euthanasia and CCAC personnel who euthanize animals under the direction of the CCAC manager per the guidelines of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, Georgia Department of Agriculture and this chapter are not in violation of this chapter.
(c) Exception: A person shall not be guilty of aggravated cruelty when the person is protecting his life, or the life of another person or animal that is being attacked by an animal that is attempting to severely harm or kill him, provided that the person or animal being attacked is not committing a crime or is not aggravating or inciting the animal to attack, and has not aggravated, injured, abused or assaulted the animal in the past.
(Ord. of 5-24-05)