I moved in with some roommates this past April of this year and they adopted a mix pitbull shortly after I moved in and I had two cats but the cats and dog did not get along so I kept my two cats in my room with the door closed 24/7 for my cats protection. On April 12, 2016 I was cleaning the stove when the dog busted my room door open and I ran in there to stop it but the dog killed one of my cats, the other ran out the room unharmed. My roommate called the cops for me so the cops can do something with the dog, I had asked them to put the dog down through animal control and it was done. I did not file a complaint against my roommates because I didn't think they wanted this to happen, but as time as gone by I have noticed how mean and insensitive they have been about the situation and towards me for putting down their dog and before my cat died I had asked my roommate to get rid of the dog because I'm worried for my cats but she put her foot down and said no, then a few days later my cat gets killed by her dog. I told the cop who came to handle the situation on the day my cat died that I wasn't filing a complaint against my roommates but can I still file a complaint now?
I cannot speak for GA law. However, there may be an Assumption of Risk issue for you to deal with. April is not long ago, and, probably, there is plenty of time to act on the claim. I would be concerned that you remained in a place that obtained dogs that are generally known to be animal aggressive.
Best you contact a reputable, local Animal Lawyer, or at least a local attorney that handles Landlord/Tenant issues, on the side of tenants.
Michael Rotsten, Esq.
Questions regarding Animal issues are always "iffy", and depend upon very specific factual scenarios. My answers are generalities, based upon my reading of your question, and must not be taken as an absolute for your particular reason for asking the question. My answers are only based upon California law, and are not to be used for other State issues. Michael Rotsten, Esq.
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