Boards, Auth. and Committees

Gwinnett Animal Control Hearing Board

The Gwinnett Animal Control Hearing Board was established on July 17, 2018 by County Ordinance. 

The Animal Control Hearing Board shall be composed of five (5) members as follows: 

  • One (1) member appointed by BOC Chairwoman
  • One (1) member appointed by Commission District 1
  • One (1) member appointed by Commission District 2
  • One (1) member appointed by Commission District 3
  • One (1) member appointed by Commission District 4
Members serve a one-year term at the Pleasure of the Board (term August 1-July 31 of each year).

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Generally, the Gwinnett Animal Control Hearing Board shall schedule a dangerous dog hearing within 30 days after a request for same is received. Meetings are held at the Gwinnett Animal Shelter, 844 Winder Highway Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046. For detailed information on meetings, please click the blue button above. 

Members must reside in the district in which they are appointed. The Chairwoman's appointment is an at-large appointment. 

The Animal Control Hearing Board shall:

  • Receive dangerous dog and vicious dog hearing requests from dog owners
  • Schedule a hearing within 30 days after a request for same is received
  • Notify the dog owner and the  County's animal welfare division manager in writing by certified mail or statutory overnight delivery of the date, time, and place of the hearing, and the notice shall be mailed to the dog owner at least ten days prior to the date of the hearing
  • Select one of its members to serve as chairman to preside over hearings
  • Hear testimony and receive evidence at hearings as reasonably necessary to make a determination either to sustain, modify, or overrule the animal control officer's classification of the dog as dangerous or vicious
  • Within ten days after the date of a hearing, notify the dog owner and the County's animal welfare division manager in writing by certified mail or statutory overnight delivery of its determination on the matter. If such determination is that the dog is a dangerous or vicious dog, the notice shall specify the date upon which that determination is effective
  • Perform other duties as prescribed by the Board of Commissioners
Appointed By Position Name Representing Term Expires
Chairwoman's Appointment Sidra Safri 07/31/2023
District 1 Appointment Don Tam 07/31/2023
District 2 Appointment Dr. Tameka Womack 07/31/2023
District 3 Appointment Darryl Hughes 07/31/2023
District 4 Appointment Peg Murray 07/31/2023