Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

OCGA 43-50-80

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Animals


An individual who, in good faith and voluntarily, provides emergency care to an animal at the scene of an emergency will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Full Title

Good faith emergency treatment to sick or injured animals; no liability

Full Text

Any person who gratuitously and in good faith administers emergency treatment to a sick or injured animal at the scene of an accident or emergency shall not be in violation of this chapter and shall not be liable to the owner of such animal in any civil action for damages; provided, however, that this Code section shall not provide immunity for acts of gross negligence.