Animal Issues

 All dogs kept, harbored or maintained in the City should be licensed and registered, (City Code 6-104). Read more about pet licensing here.

Dogs may not run at large and must be under control (City Code 6-117).

It is unlawful for dogs to defecate on private property without the consent of the property owner or on any public property unless the excrement is immediately removed and placed in a proper receptacle (City Code 6-127).

It is unlawful to own, keep, have in possession, or harbor any dog which howls, yelps, or barks to the reasonable annoyance of another person or persons. Animal control officers may impound the dog to stop the annoyance, if necessary (City Code 6-125).

View a complete list of codes regarding dogs.

All cats kept, harbored or maintained in the city must be registered and have an identification tag affixed to the collar worn by the cat, containing the name and address of the owner (City Code 6-402). Cat registration is free, please provide a copy of the rabies vaccination for your cat with your registration form.

Cats are not permitted to run at large (City Code 6-404).

View a complete list of codes regarding cats.

Other Animals

A Multiple Pet Permit (PDF) is required for any combination of more than 2 dogs or cats (City Code 6-205). Report any animal bites to police immediately. Attempt to contain any animal involved in a bite situation for police.

The City has other ordinances pertaining to non-domestic animals.

All stray animals found and any animals quarantined are kept at the Hillcrest Animal Hospital.

Other ordinances and statutes relating to animals are applicable such as for kennels. For further details, see City Code Chapter 6 and Minnesota Statutes Chapter 346. Contact the City Clerk at 763-767-6432 or a Police Community Service Officer at 763-767-6481 with specific questions regarding animal control.