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The Act, called the Animal Protection Act, prohibits obstructing the Commissioner of Agriculture or his or her agents, or animal control officers, in the perfection of their duties. The Act also changes a number of sections of the Georgia Code to increase the severity of punishment for animal cruelty offenses by providing that a second animal cruelty offense that results in the animals death will be a misdemeanor of high and aggravated nature and will incur a more sever penalty. Future, the Act creates the felony offense of aggravated cruelty to animals (an act which makes a part of the animal's body useless or seriously disfigures the animal) and provides penalties for first and subsequent commissions of this offense. The Act permits a sentencing judge to order psychological evaluations of any offender convicted under this Act. Finally, the Act sets out various activities which are exempt from its provisions.

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