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Animal Control

  1. Are pets allowed in the parks and trails?
    Section 14-2. – General regulations. No person shall allow, permit or place any animal upon any public park, bike path or foot bridge, or upon any grass, turf, boulevard, city park, cemetery, garden or private property, without the specific permission from the owner. The restrictions of this subsection do not prohibit the appearance of any dog or cat upon streets or public property when the dog or cat is on a leash or under the control of the person charged with its care.

  2. How do I license my dog?
    Section 14-47. – Dog and cat licenses.
    All dogs and cats over the age of three months, kept, harbored or maintained by their owners in the city, must be licensed with the city. Licenses may be purchased through any designated veterinarian or the city clerk. No license shall be granted for a dog or cat which has not been vaccinated pursuant to this chapter.

  3. What can I do about a neighbor’s barking dog?
    Section 14-51. – Disturbing the peace.
    It is unlawful for any person, owner, or person in charge of an animal, to permit the animal to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood by barking, howling, whining, or making any other loud or unusual noise for a period longer than five minutes.

  4. How many pets can I have in my home?
    Residents are not limited to the number of pets in their home; however, they are limited to what animals they have. See Section 14-3. – Prohibited animals.

  5. Who takes care of skunks and raccoons?
    Community Service Officers (507-537-7000) can handle non-emergency animal problems such as skunks, raccoons, woodchucks, squirrels, bats, rabbits, and rodents. Property owners can also refer to commercial pest control operators or licensed trappers.

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