Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Animal Ordinances

Barking and Nuisance Pet Noise

The City of Eagan has created the following ordinance to address problems with barking dogs:

Public nuisance - Ordinance 10.11, Subd. 6.

A. Unlawful acts. It is unlawful for the owner of any dog or cat to:

1. Permit such animal to habitually bark, cry, whimper, howl, whine, or emit any other loud or unusual noises;

To report a dog that is currently barking, please contact the police department's non-emergency number at 651-675-5700 and an officer will be dispatched to investigate.

Information and tips on how to prevent nuisance barking with your dog.

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Picking Up After Pets

The City of Eagan has created the following ordinance to address problems with pet feces clean up:

Public nuisance - Ordinance 10.11, Subd. 6.

A. Unlawful acts. It is unlawful for the owner of any dog or cat to:

2. Permit such animal to damage or defecate in or upon public property or the property of another;

3. Permit dog or cat feces to accumulate on the owner's premises for more than 24 hours;

To report an issue with pet feces, please call Eagan Animal Control at 651-675-5750.

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Animals at Large

The City of Eagan has created the following ordinance definitions to address problems with animals at large.

Public nuisance - Ordinance 10.11, Subd. 6

Sec. 10.11. - Dog, cat, ferret and horse regulation and dog licensing.

1. At large. With regard to dogs, cats and ferrets, at large means off the premises of the owner and is neither controlled by a leash or voice command of owner of suitable age nor confined in a vehicle or cage. With regard to horses, at large means not picketed, confined in a corral or otherwise restricted by a properly constructed and maintained fence.

Sec. 10.23. - Rules and regulations governing public parks and recreation areas.

Subd. 3. Unlawful acts (animals in the park). It is unlawful for any person, in any park or recreation area, to:

B. Bring any dog, cat or other creature unless caged or kept on a leash not more than six feet in length.

The City of Eagan does not require that dogs, cats and ferrets be confined by a leash or fence while on an owner's property. When off of an owner's property, pets must be under control, but not necessarily on a leash. All pets must be leashed in park and recreation areas.

To report an animal at large, please contact the police department's non-emergency number at 651-675-5700.

Prohibited Animals/Farm Animals

The City of Eagan allows dogs, cats, ferrets, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, and caged household birds to be kept as pets. All other reptiles and exotic pets are prohibited from being kept in residential areas.

Cattle, horses, mules, sheep, goats, swine, ponies, ducks, geese, turkeys, chickens, guinea hens and honey bees may be kept on properties in areas that are zoned agricultural, and have a minimum of 5 acres.

Permits are available for keeping chickens on certain residential properties. For further information, please contact the city clerk's office at 651-675-5000. The city also issues permits for the keeping of carrier pigeons on properties that have a minimum of 1/2 acre. For further information, please contact the city clerk's office at 651-675-5000.

Miscellaneous Ordinances

Number of Animals Permitted

City of Eagan ordinance allows up to three adult (over the age of 4 months) dogs, cats, ferrets or rabbits, or any combination thereof, per household. A kennel permit is required for any property with more than three of these animals. Kennel permits are only issued to properties in certain zoning areas, and are generally not issued to residential homes.

Trapping/Hunting

The City of Eagan prohibits the use of traps in most areas of the city. Trapping is only allowed on parcels of land with a minimum of 5 acres, and traps cannot be set within 100 feet of any city property or parkland. This includes any type of trap or snare, even live-traps. The ordinance applies to individuals, business owners, and private companies.

Quick-kill traps that are designed to kill only rats, mice, gophers or moles are permitted on private property.

Firearm hunting is prohibited by city ordinance. Bow-hunting of certain animals is allowed by special permit only. Please contact the police department at 651-675-5700 for more information on hunting permits.

Burial of Pets/Disposal of Dead Animals

City ordinance prohibits burying pets within the city limits. Deceased pets should be taken to a licensed veterinary clinic for cremation or other means of disposal.

For assistance with deceased wildlife on streets or other city property, please contact the Eagan Streets Department at (651) 675-5300. For deceased wildlife on private property, please contact your regular refuse hauler.