Ga Dept of Agriculture

 

Companion Animal/Equine Division

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WARNING

BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN PURCHASING OR ADOPTING AN ANIMAL OVER THE INTERNET. THERE ARE MULTIPLE PET SCAMS THAT SEEK TO DECEIVE UNSUSPECTING PET LOVERS. IT IS COMMON FOR THESE CRIMINALS TO OFFER THE PET FOR FREE OR AT A DISCOUNTED RATE AND THEN REQUIRE A DEPOSIT TO SHIP THE ANIMAL OR TO RELEASE IT FROM QUARANTINE . PET DEALERS, TRANSPORTS AND ANIMAL RESCUES DOING BUSINESS IN GEORGIA ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A LICENSE FROM THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. IF THEY ARE SELLING ANIMALS OVER THE INTERNET THEY MAY ALSO BE REQUIRED TO HOLD A U.S.D.A. LICENSE. MANY OF THESE SCAM ARTISTS ARE FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND IT WILL BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO GET YOUR MONEY BACK FROM THEM. NEVER WIRE MONEY BY MEANS SUCH AS WESTERN UNION TO THESE INDIVIDUALS. PLEASE RESEARCH YOUR PURCHASE THOROUGHLY. To check for valid license holders visit http://www.kellysolutions.com/GA/petdealers/.

 

Companion Animal/Equine Section

Mark Murrah - Manager
Tele: (404) 656-3713
(404)-656-4914

mark.murrah@agr.georgia.gov (companion animal issues)

The Companion Animal/Equine Section is responsible for enforcing the Humane Care for Equines Act, the Equine Act of 1969, the Georgia Animal Protection Act and The Georgia Bird Dealer's licensing Act. Enforcement of these laws is achieved through the inspection of equine sales, abuse complaints, stables, exotic bird dealers, pet dealers, kennels, animal shelters and rescues. We also manage the Equine Infectious Anemia Control Program.

The equine industry is also monitored for Equine Infectious Anemia through the enforcement of the Equine Act of 1969. Regulations require a negative test within the last 12 months on all equine sold, traded, given away or moved for change of ownership. All equine assembled for exhibitions, rodeos, trail rides or other activities must also have a current, negative Equine Infectious Anemia test. Any equine testing positive for Equine Infectious Anemia must be quarantined at least 200 yards from all other equine, euthanized and buried, or shipped to slaughter. The need for protecting the welfare of equine prompted the passing of the Humane Care for Equines Act in 1992, which requires that all equine are provided with adequate food and water, and are treated and cared for in a humane manner.

Georgia's companion animal industry is a rapidly growing segment of Georgia´s economy. Under the Georgia Animal Protection Act and Bird Dealer's licensing Act we regulate to ensure the humane care of animals and regulate anyone who produces, sells, boards, grooms, offers for adoption, or exchanges pet animals, including birds. We also assist our Animal Health Division to limit the spread of disease in the companion animal industry.

Seventeen full time Companion Animal/ Equine inspectors and five field supervisors ensure that the 4000 licensed establishments remain in compliance statewide. In order to accomplish compliance, inspectors also work in conjunction with various local, state and federal agencies to assist them with investigating complaints.

Who is required to have a license?

What Steps are Necessary to Become Licensed

Animal Protection Rules and Regulations

Humane Care for Equines Act 4-13-1

Interstate Shipment

Regulation and Enforcement

FAQ's Concerning Animal Protection

FAQ´s Concerning Animal Cruelty

Anyone attempting to obtain a new license  has to go through the pre-license Inspection process where the application will be provided to them on-site by a GDA staff member. They can contact the Companion Animal Section Office to request a pre-license inspection at 404-656-4914.

 

Forms & Information (by license type)
Animal Control

Bird Dealer

Euthanasia

Kennel

Pet Dealer

Rescue Group