12-18-2018 UPDATED ANIMAL ORDINANCES

SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE passed on 11-12-2018

 

THE FULL ORDIANCE MAY BE VIEWED AT CITY HALL OR EMAILED TO YOU.

 

§ 91.02 DOGS AND CATS.
(A) Running at large prohibited. It shall be unlawful for the dog of any person who owns, harbors, or keeps a dog to run at large. A person, who owns, harbors, or keeps a dog which runs at large shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Dogs on a leash and accompanied by a responsible person or accompanied by and under the control and direction of a responsible person, so as to be effectively restrained by leash, shall be permitted in streets or on public land unless the city has posted an area with signs reading “Dogs or Cats Prohibited.”

(B) License required.
(1) All dogs over the age of six months kept, harbored, or maintained by their owners in the city, shall be licensed and registered with the city. Dog licenses shall be issued by the City Clerk upon payment of the license fee as established by the Ordinance Establishing Fees and Charges adopted pursuant to § 30.11 of this code, as that ordinance may be amended from time to time. The owner shall state, at the time application is made for the license and upon forms provided, his or her name and address and the name, breed, color, and sex of each dog owned or kept by him or her. No license shall be granted for a dog that has not been vaccinated against distemper and rabies, as evidenced by a certificate by a veterinarian qualified to practice in the state in which the dog is vaccinated.
DOMESTIC ANIMALS.
Except as provided in M.S.§ 346.155, as it may be amended from time to time, it shall be illegal for any person to own, possess, harbor, or offer for sale, any non-domestic animal within the city. Any owner of a non-domestic animal at the time of adoption of this code shall have 30 days in which to remove the animal from the city after which time the city may impound the animal as provided for in this section. An exception shall be made to this prohibition for animals specifically trained for and actually providing assistance to the handicapped or disabled, and for those animals brought into the city as part of an operating zoo, veterinarian clinic, scientific research laboratory, or a licensed show or exhibition.
Penalty, see § 91.99
§ 91.04 FARM ANIMALS.
Farm animals shall only be kept in an agricultural district of the city, or on a residential lot of at least ten acres in size provided that no animal shelter shall be within 300 feet of an adjoining piece of property. An exception shall be made to this section for those animals brought into the city as part of an operating zoo, veterinarian clinic, scientific research laboratory, or a licensed show or exhibition.
§ 91.07 BARKING/CRYING/WHINING DOGS.
(A) Habitual barking. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or harbor a dog which habitually barks or cries. Habitual barking shall be defined as barking for repeated intervals of at least five minutes with less than one minute of interruption. The barking must also be audible off of the owner’s or caretaker’s premises.
(B) Damage to property. It shall be unlawful for any person’s dog or other animal to damage any lawn, garden, or other property, whether or not the owner has knowledge of the damage.
(C) Cleaning up litter. The owner of any animal or person having the custody or control of any animal shall be responsible for cleaning up any feces of the animal and disposing of the feces in a sanitary manner whether on their own property, on the property of others or on public property.

§ 91.19 FEEDING STRAY CATS AND DOGS.
(A) Definitions.
(1) FEED or FEEDING means the placing of dog or cat food, or similar food products or consumable materials attractive to dogs and cats, which may result in dogs and cats congregating thereon on a regular basis, placed on the ground, in an obviously intended feeder, or in a feeder at a height accessible to cats and dogs.
(2) STRAY means an unlicensed uncollared domestic or feral dog or cat running at large and unaccompanied or controlled by an owner.
(B) Policy and purpose. High populations of stray dogs and cats pose a hazard to human health and safety, as such animals provide a fruitful breeding ground for infectious disease, including but not limited to rabies and distemper, and may otherwise bite or attack humans and domestic animals. In addition, food provided for stray animals is often attractive to wild animals such as raccoons and rodents and may create nuisance conditions such as a rat harborage or other wild animal infestation.
(C) No person shall feed or allow the feeding of any stray cat or dog within the city.
(D) Exceptions. Veterinarians and persons who, acting within the scope of their employment with any governmental entity non-profit, or humane society has custody of or manages stray dogs and cats are not subject to the prohibitions of this section.
91.20 LIMITATION.
It is unlawful for any person to own, keep, care for, have custody of
or knowingly permit at any time more then 3 dogs and 3 cats in or about their residence
or any other location under the person’s control within the City. This section shall not
apply to the following: A litter or pups or kittens less then 3 months of age born to a
licensed dog or cat, a kennel licensed by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health that is
located in an appropriately zoned area, a licensed veterinarian, a City or Humane Society
owned and operated animal shelter.

ADEMNTMENT TO THE FEE SCHEDULE ADDING
60: animals at large $ 45.00 per dog if the sheriff is called and additional $100.00 will be added for a total of $ 145.00
61: Habitual barking $ 30.00 per complaint to city of sheriff’s office.
62: animals not licensed in the city $ 25.00 per animal per month until licensed.
63: to many animals. $ 25.00 per animal over 3 per month until under 3 in household. Unless without permission from the council.