Macon-Bibb Board of Health rules Macon attorney’s dogs as ‘dangerous’

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon-Bibb Board of Health is upholding Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare’s classification of Veronica Brinson’s dogs as “dangerous.”

At an appeal hearing Monday night, Brinson argued her three dogs are not dangerous. Animal welfare claims Brinson’s dogs attacked a couple and killed their dog on Millwood Court on December 29th. 

Brinson appealed the ruling because she says there wasn’t a complete investigation.

Board members Ethel Cullinan, David Gowan, and Burt Bivins voted yes to uphold the ruling. Elaine Lucas and Chris Tsevetewa voted no. The Macon-Bibb Board of Health Administrator Nancy White tells 41NBC this was the county’s first dangerous dog hearing and dangerous dog designation. She says it is a new ordinance for the city and county. It passed in the city before consolidation and then was adopted when the two governments merged.

Since board members upheld the classification, animal welfare officials will now have to give Brinson an annual Certification of Registration once the following criteria is met:

1. Make sure the dogs are contained in a proper enclosure, like a fence.
2. Post clearly visible signs letting the public know there is a “dangerous dog” in the area. 
3. Show proof of a $15,000 insurance policy on each dog.
4. Pay an annual registration fee. It is $100 the first year and $25 every following year. 

Brinson has the opportunity to appeal this ruling to probate court. 

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