Posted: Thursday, 09 May 2013 5:50AM

Dog Ordinances

MANKATO (TEC News) - The Mankato Department of Public Safety is reminding the public to be aware of dog ordinances as the summer months come up.

Where to bring dogs
Dogs are welcome in six Mankato parks that feature special areas for them: Erlandson, Highland, Lions, F.A. Buscher, Land of memories and Kiwanis Recreation Area. Dogs are also allowed at Willard Parkway, Premier Pond, Rasmussen Woods and the Minnesota River and Red Jacket trails. See the city code.

Leashes and clean-up
Remember to keep dogs (and cats) on a leash (no more than 10 feet long) for safety of the public and the dog.  It's important to clean up after dogs because it:

5. shows courtesy to neighbors;
4. reduces exposure to parasites;
3. keeps storm drains and local water systems free of these pollutants;
2. enhances neighborhood livability by keeping the yard, boulevard and park clean;
1. it’s the law.

Dogs more than six months old are required to have a city dog license, available on the first floor of the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza, or at the animal impound, 903 Mound Avenue. Licensing helps reunite lost pets with owners. A current rabies certificate must be presented to purchase a license. Fees:

  • spayed/neutered–one year license $5
  • spayed/neutered–two year license $10
  • non-spayed/non-neutered–one year license $10
  • non-spayed/non-neutered–two year license $20

Dogs that bark uncontrollably are considered a nuisance. Owners are asked to control dogs against barking, yelping or howling (any time day or night).

Reporting/claiming a lost pet
To report a lost pet, contact staff at 507-387-8590, or view impounded animals on Mankato’s Lost Pets page. Claim lost pets at the animal impound, 903 Mound Avenue. Owners are responsible for paying applicable fees. Dog owners must provide proof of rabies vaccinations and purchase a license if the dog does not have one.

Safety tips
Keep pets safe. Learn how by viewing helpful safety resources. See Minnesota statutes about pets in motor vehicles and care requirements. 

Learn more about about city of Mankato codes related to animals, and see answers to frequently asked questions about pets.

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