Understanding Minnesota Animal Ordinance Issues

In addition to federal and state laws, you are subject to laws where you live, commonly known as ordinances or local laws. Ordinances vary significantly from city to city, suburb to suburb, and rural area to rural area. Individuals with animals who have moved to rural areas so that they had more flexibility with regard to their animals may find, with the passage of time, that these local laws may change. Examples of ordinances related to animals include your duty to:

  • Vaccinate your companion animal against rabies
  • Leash or keep your companion animal under control
  • Avoid having a public nuisance, including barking
  • Clean up your pet's waste
  • Follow pet limit laws unless you have a suitable license or permit
  • Comply with applicable dangerous or potentially dangerous dog responsibilities
  • Keep an animal from being "at large"
  • Follow leash length requirements
  • Follow restrictions on which animals are prohibited, including exotic animals such as lions, tigers and bears, excluded under local, state or federal laws
  • Follow prohibitions on trapping and hunting animals
  • Follow requirements for pet remains and burials
  • Disclose the passing of a companion animal subject to a dangerous dog designation
  • Meet minimal animal welfare requirements

If you have received a notice that you have violated an ordinance, or expect that you will be, it is a good idea to quickly call Barbara Gislason and come in for a consultation. She can help you develop a plan to obtain a good resolution for you and your pet, and also, avoid a large fine.

Talk To A Lawyer Who Knows Local Animal Ordnances

Call the Twin Cities Law Office of Barbara J. Gislason in Anoka County at 763-220-2983 or toll free at 800-491-6432, or email the firm to arrange a reduced fee consultation.