The new law, which goes into effect immediately, makes it a felony to be involved in dog fighting.
The law also makes it a crime to to breed the animals for fighting and posses a dog with the intent to fight the animal.
"I think it's rough. I grew up in a Christian family and it's not right to fight animals. I don't think it's the right thing to do. I think they should be punished to the furthest extent really," said Georgia resident Cody Humphries
Animal rights activists have been pushing for years to change
Georgia's laws -- which they say -- were among the weakest in the nation.
They credit Michael Vick's guilty plea to dog fighting charges with making the new laws possible.