Georgia Law from the perspective of a dog named Tuck.
Tuck "works" in a law office that handles criminal and personal injury cases, as well as contract law. Tuck "muses" on what he has learned from being in this environment. Tuck also muses on current events, headline and breaking news, along with his life's experiences and opinions on matters that affect dogs, to include dog health, adopting a shelter dog, dog toys, laws that pertain to dogs and animal rights.
Please check out the Cherokee County Animal Shelter, Canton, Georgia, to adopt a dog or cat. The staff really care about the shelter, about the animals, and about their community. I had my picture taken with Santa there yesterday. And, now I am on the Shelter's cover photo (see below)! What an honor! Thanks to CCAS, I found my Mom and Dad. Merry Christmas!
No Puppy Mills!
A dog in Massachusetts is granted a protection order. This is great news. Please share this and urge your state to enact such a statute. Come on Georgia-follow Mass. Thanks to the Massachusetts lawmakers and everyone who pushed for this to include Gov. Patrick. Happy day! Tail wagging.
4 paws up!
Take care, y'all!
I may be a dog, but I love Christmas trees and I am so thankful for those who serve our country and protect me and my family. So when I learned about this organization, I just had to share. Trees for Troops ships Christmas trees by Fed-Ex all over the country. What a great program. To date, over 103,000 trees have been shipped to servicemen and women. Please get the word out. Thank you "Trees for Troops" and Fed-Ex!
Exercise your right to vote. We live in a country where we can still voice our opinion. Vote wisely my friends, in this presidential election. Our liberties are at stake. Protect the Constitution of the United States of America.
Come by and see me! Call Tuck the Law Dog for an appointment. (My secretary may answer the phone as I am usually in consultation). Dog Law. Tuck is "licensed" in Georgia.
Please keep your dogs in an enclosure-for their safety and to avoid possible injuries to my dog friends and financial harm to pet parents pocket-books (dog leash ordiance violations can be costly--and so can a lawsuit to defend a dog bite.)
Readers: Beware of another pet food recall related to Sunnyland and peanuts! I am just staying away from all peanut products. I do not eat peanuts, except for once in a while a "small lick" of peanut butter. This warning is for Pet Parents, too.
Rescue a dog. Support your local animal shelter. Tuck's favorites:
Cobb County Animal Shelter. Cherokee County Animal Shelter. Cherokee County Humane Society. Feed my friends only a good quality dog food: Darford, or, Back to Basics. Check the FDA website for pet food recalls. Drive carefully and enjoy the ride.
Take care, y'all, and Sweet Dreams (don't touch my remote!)
As my readers know, I was adopted from a shelter. I am so very, very grateful to have my own bed, and a zillion toys, and a fenced yard to run around in. My Mom & Dad say they are the lucky ones to have found me. They say their lives are happier, more meaningful, and a lot more active (they emphasize the more active part). I guess it's the Jack Russell in me. I was pre-housetrained, too!
Please don't buy from a Puppy Mill. Please go to your local animal shelter and give a pet a new home. And, if you cannot adopt or rescue a dog, donate what you can to your local shelter, even if it is the price of a cup of coffee. Animal shelters always can use: Money, food, toys, towels, paper-towels, or even your time.
Take care, y'all.
My Mom remembers exactly where she was and what she was doing when she first heard the news about the attacks on the World Trade Center – Twin Towers. She told me how it was all so unbelievable–like she was in a dream. She recalls being glued to the TV and praying for those that had been injured or died, and hoping that none of her friends were in the towers. She, like many others, sadly learned that someone she knew that worked there did not make it out–a young man, early twenties, just graduated college the year before and was so excited to be working in New York City. The anniversary of this tragic event is next Tuesday. Say a prayer not only on that day, but pray every day that this will never again happen on American soil. Give thanks to those that defend our country and to those who daily monitor terroristic activity in the hope of preventing another tragedy. Value our freedoms. Don’t take it for granted. Live life to the fullest, my friends.
Take care, y’all,
Tuck the Law Dog
Rescue a Dog – Support your local Animal Shelter
I was doing research on locating lost pets and found these websites. Thanks to the creators and contributors of these very valuable and useful websites. If you find a lost dog or cat, if at all possible check these websites and any others you are aware of, before turning the pet over to a shelter. Some shelters only keep animals 3 or 5 days. Contact local veterinarians, and check out posters and flyers attached to stop signs or light poles. I pray that all lost and missing dogs and cats and pets are safely reunited with their parents.
Randy Travis, Atlanta Fox 5 TV, I-Team, has done a update to his report on the Boggs Mountain Humane Society Shelter–including the Director taking $500.00 from a man to place his dog in the Lucky Dog program, and then putting the dog down and informing him that his dog had been adopted out. See the video at Fox 5 Atlanta. There is a list of board of directors and the veterinarians who assist at this shelter (not sure how current their web page is) on the Boggs Mountain Humane Society web pages: Let them know how you feel. As of this morning, Fox 5 reports the the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has now opened a file and looking into this, stating that they are looking into “Theft by Deception” and, “Animal Cruelty.” Who else knew about the killing of these dogs–there has to be more people involved than this employee and the Director Peanut ??? http://www.boggshumaneshelter.com/spay_neuter/
Update: Today (July 24, 2012), Randy Travis reported that the employee that broke this story to him had informed the Board over a year ago as to what was happening, and allegedly the Board chose to ignore her information. There is a Rabun County Commission meeting tonite, June 24, 2012, about this Shelter, as this Shelter receives tax money toward its operations.
Bloggers, keep blogging. Post to FaceBook. Twitter this.
Again, thank you Randy Travis, Fox 5 Atlanta I-Team for exposing this tragedy.
This was claimed to be a no-kill shelter. What these employees have been doing is disgusting and
possibly illegal-- if so, they should be prosecuted! Taking $100.00 from a donor to save a "Lucky Dog" and then euthenizing these dogs and telling the donors that the dog had been adopted or sent to another shelter!! Watch the Fox 5 Video. The Rabun County Sheriff and the District Attorney should review Georgia Code 16-8-3, "Theft by Deception" and, if applicable to the circumstances, prosecute the offenders.
Voice your outrage:
Rabun County Sheriff
25 Courthouse Square, ##
PH (706) 782-3612
Fax: (706) 782-775
Visit their site-they have a direct email. Start emailing!!
Rabun County District Attorney
25 Courthosue Square,
Clayton, GA 30525
This is the day we annually celebrate America’s independence from England. Picnics, B-B-Q, watermelon & fireworks. How joyous Americans must have been on that 1st independence day in 1776! Freedom! Now it is 2012. America’s freedoms have been eroding ever since. Obama’s mandate that one must purchase health insurance is a tax on citizens! One will no longer be free to choose whether or not to purchase health insurance. If you don’t-you could be treated like a criminal, and, penalized by the IRS. “Don’t worry–only the “Middle Class” will be affected. Right–those that already pay taxes, work hard, try to build a better life, and don’t expect a handout–watch out! The lessor of two evils is Romney–at least he isn’t trying to crush this country with debt and socialism. Please give your vote careful consideration, my friend. Else, the 4th of July celebration may become a distant memory.
Tuck is enjoying his stay here tonite. The staff is so nice and they are pet parents-- dogs and Bonnie has horses! Mom says horses are just big doggies. Mom used to have a Tennessee Walking Horse who would come in the house if the door was left unlocked! There are lots of dogs enjoying their stay here at the Holiday Inn. I forgot my bathing suit! Tuck the Law Dog recommends this hotel highly-- and not just because of the great cookies.The staff treat me like family.
Táke care, y'all.
Just thought I would share this. Dog parents - beware.... the "Pooper Snoopers" may be coming to your city. Pick up after your dogs. Poop laws are beginning to be enacted in many jurisdictions. You could find yourself on the other end of that "criminal leash." May not be long before such a law being enacted in Greater Atlanta, Cobb or Cherokee counties! Biodegradable dog poop bags are cheaper than a fine.
Remember to give thanks to all those that served our country. Tuck the Law Dog salutes you all.
Tuck’s Daddy, Uncles, and Cousins served in many branches: Army, Air Force, Marines, National Guard and Reserves. He is so proud of them. Place a remembrance on a forgotten grave. Shake the hand of a service member or give them a great big smile! Freedom isn’t free. Fly the Flag.
Take care, y’all.
Tuck the Law Dog
Diamond pet food has had another dog food recall at a different plant this time in Meta,MO. They did another "dump and run" Friday nite 05-18-12. Samonella concern in pet food Lamb. Do not feed your dog or cat any pet foods manufactured by this company. Diamond is owned by the corp.: Schell and Kampeter. They had a major recall and FDA warning 2006-2007.
Stay stay safe my friends...
The 2012 Atlanta Dogwood Festival is this weekend (April 20-22). (Atlanta happenings)
Per City of Atlanta Ordinance 110-70(d), dogs are not allowed at this festival. Any public gathering of which it is expected that attendance will exceed 10,000, (and this festival will)does not allow dogs, even though the festival is held at Piedmont Park (a public park), in Atlanta on Piedmont Road. I have given this matter careful thought, as at first I was highly offended that I and my other four-legged friends were not welcome. But following some serious bone-chewing hashing over of this set-back, (during which I considered disguising myself by wearing a baby-bonnet, sunglasses, and riding inside a baby stroller) I have decided that I am in agreement with the Atlanta city officials. While this park is very large, it quickly gets crowded by the sheer number of attendees to this festival. There will be lots of children trampling the grass, running and screaming; dropping food all over the ground; trying to touch or even kiss me! It can get pretty hot, and the sidewalks and asphalt can burn my tender toes. I may be tempted to clean-up discarded onion-covered hot dogs; raisin-dotted cookies; grapes, or macadamia nuts (all of which dogs should never eat). There isn't any doggie port-a-potties, and water may not be readily available. And, I could get stepped on or run over by a cell-phone texting-distracted bicyclist. Yes, it's a good idea that dogs are not allowed in such a big crowd. So, leave us dogs at home or y'all just might get a citation.Have fun!
I went to the park yesterday. I go most days to run on the trails. My mom always carries a “poop bag” (or two) for my “occasional spills.” On my drive to the park, I couldn’t help but notice various “human droppings” along the roadway and in the parking lots: McDonalds cups and straws, Coke cans, water bottle, thousand of cigarette butts, and even one tennis shoe (which always reminds Mom of George Carlin’s skit about “why is there always only one shoe on the road–where is the other shoe?”). Why do humans have to litter? How often do you ever see dog food cans, dog food bags, or dog toys littering the streets and parking lots? Like, never. Mom uses baby wipes following my “toilet” but, if we are out in public, she discards them into the nearest trash can, and carries the soiled ones until she finds a disposal. But that’s too much trouble for some humans–they think they are being discreet when they “place” used Pampers under their cars–and then drive off. I saw y’all. Littering is a crime. It is sad when we need an ordinance because some humans lack respect for others property, for our environment, and apparently for their own self. Use trash cans, or, keep your garbage until you get home.
Take care, y’all,
Tuck the Law Dog http://wwwgeorgialaw.blogspot.com http://tuckthelawdog.wordpress.com http://criminallawyercherokeecobb.com
I love to ride in the car! I'm a dog. It's usually a fun trip, except for those occasions when other driver's don't know or don't care about the rules of the road in Georgia. In my previous blog, I discussed "Left-Lane Drivers." A recent ride to the office on a very rainy and somewhat foggy day, which necessitated my being reluctantly stuffed into a yellow-slicker rain coat, was filled with constant discussion about other drivers not having their headlights on. My Mom tallied the number of vehicles she observed in about three minutes that did not have their headlights on. Twenty-two cars! Comparing this to the number of cars on the road at the time--this was a high percentage! Georgia Law, O.C.G.A. 40-8-20 states in part:" every vehicle upon a roadway within this state at anytime when it is raining in the driving zone and at any other time when there is not sufficient visibility to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead shall display lights and headlights...." Simple put turn your headlights on when it is raining--even if your state does not have a law for this. You might save a dog's life. (like mine). Drive safely, my friends.
It's time to buy a new bag of dog food. Yes, I, Tuck the Law Dog, eat commercial dog food. However my Mom supplements it with baked chicken, boiled pork, broiled beef, fresh veggies and fruits, and rice. Mom was very active in the Pet Food Recall of 2007 (I wasn't born yet), spending a lot of time on her computer getting the word about about recalled food, opinions on what brands were ok for us to eat, feedback about how manufacturers were responding to the recall, etc. On Tuesday, Mom "Googled" the brand of dog food (premium, good quality ingredients) she needed to get for me, and lo and behold she found numerous and recent (January 2012) complaints about a recent "Lot" of this food at www.consumeraffairs.com. She then spent hours researching other dog foods, settling on two that received "5" stars by www.dogfoodadvisor.com, as well as good reviews by other users. Mom does rotate my dog food thru 3 different types to make sure that I am getting all my needed nutrients. Anyway, I'm not here to recommend any brand or tell y'all what to eat. I just want to warn you of the importance of always checking for recalls, opinons and reviews on dog food because you never know when an issue will arise. Do NOT depend on the manufacturer to post a warning on their website. Usually it is other consumers on the numerous websites concerning dogs, cats, etc., who get the word out about pet foods causing sickness and medical issues. Mom likes these sites: www.itchmoforums.com, www.petsitusa.com, www.zootoo.com, and FDA's website.
Also read the user reviews on the websites that sell dog food. Let's keep each other informed.
I enjoy my daily ride in the car to and from work. I am content to lie snugly in my crate, which is secured in the back seat with seat belts. I can snooze or look out the window. For the most part, these daily rides are uneventful. The view remains the same, the length of time remains the same, the music remains on an oldies station, usually 106.7, and, my Mom is pointing out yet another thoughtless driver in the left lane, impeding the flow of traffic, oblivious to other drivers that want to pass. This thoughtless driver is usually driving at minimum or below the speed limit with their focus of attention directed at the cell phone held up to their ear. My Mom asks aloud to this oblivious driver, (knowing he or she can't hear her), "where did you learn to drive? Move over when someone wants to pass!"
Yes, I hear this every day, often several times a day. The State of Georgia has statutes defining vehicles driving in the left lane, taking into account differing statutes for one-way streets; divided roadways; two, three, and even four or more lane roadways. Georgia Statute O.C.G.A. 40-6-40, states that vehicles are to drive on the right side of the roadway, with, for example, some exceptions: Passing; hazards in the right lane necessitating a move to the left lane; roadways that have three lanes. The two biggest violators we see on a daily basis: 1) vehicles in the left lane proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic, and, 2) two vehicles impeding traffic by driving side by side at the same time in adjacent lanes, and there is no third left lane to pass in. Please, have some consideration for your fellow drivers, get off your phone, wake up, quit putting on your makeup, quit reading your books; quit assuming that since you have to make a left turn several miles up the road you must stay in the left lane all the way to your turn!! Move over!
Another Georgia statute, O.C.G.A. 40-6-42, concerns passing in general, and states in part:
".... the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaken vehicle and shall not increase the speed of his vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle." I bet a large majority of you would raise your hands if you ever experienced the driver you were attempting to pass speed up so you could not pass. How many of you would raise your hands is asked if you yourself were guilty of this very violation? What is wrong with you people? You go slow in the right lane until someone starts to pass you--what, you think it's a race??
It's a public roadway, and lives are at stake--learn to drive or get off the road.
The Official Code of Georgia (Georgia's state laws) is public and freely available for review on the State of Georgia's government web site, just "Google" to learn more. Go expand your mind at your local library, or, on your e-reader. Stay informed. Drive Safely. Be considerate.