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Animal Licensing

The City requires the licensing or permitting of certain animals. 

Dogs

No residence may keep more than four dogs unless a Multiple Dog License is obtained.  Also, there are rules regarding the keeping of dogs on a leash, barking, etc. You can read the complete ordinance regarding rules for dogs here: City Code - Article 5   (Article 5-100)

Multiple Dog License

Any residence keeping more than four dogs must obtain a Multiple Dog License.  You can read the complete ordinance governing the application process and conditions for issuance here: City Code - Article 5  (Article 5-150)

Public Kennel License

A “Public Dog Kennel” means a kennel where dogs owned by others are boarded for a fee.  You can read the complete ordinance governing the application process and conditions for issuance here:  City Code - Article 5  (Article 5-160)

Horses, Donkeys or Mules

No person, firm, or corporation will keep, stable or maintain horses, donkeys or mules within the City on land other than lands classified as R-A without first obtaining a permit from the City.  You can read the complete ordinance governing the application process and conditions for issuance here:  City Code - Article 5  (Article 5-200)

Animal Permits

Domesticated pets mean dogs, cats, tropical fish, goldfish, parrots, parakeets, gerbils, hamsters, and rabbits.  Except domesticated pets, and as permitted under Chapter 5-200, no raising, breeding, keeping or occupancy of livestock, poultry or other animals shall be permitted on any lands other than those zoned R-A Rural Single Family Residential.  In land zoned R-A such activities may be permitted on parcels in excess of five contiguous acres, provided the occupant has obtained an Animal Permit.  Animal Permits shall be issued by the Zoning Officer upon approval by the City Council, which may impose such conditions on this issuance of such permits as the Council may deem appropriate.  You may read the complete information regarding Animal Permits here:  City Code - Article 5  (Article 5-300) (See also below for certain exceptions.)

Exception for White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer, as that species is commonly known, shall be allowed in areas zoned other than R-A by Temporary Conditional Use Permit, but only under controlled circumstances.  You may read the complete information here:  City Code - Article 5  (Article 5-310)

Exception for Certain Reptiles

Non-venomous snakes or lizards may be considered to be Domesticated Pets and kept by their owners in all of the zoning districts of the City under certain conditions.  You may read more here:  City Code - Article 5  (Article 5-320)

Raising Chickens

The keeping or raising of Chickens in areas zoned R-1 or RS-1 shall be allowed in conformance with provisions in the City Code.  You may read  about the rules governing the conditions here:  City Code-Article 5 (Article 5-330) Ordinance 16-04

Keeping of Certain Pigeons

The raising of Pigeons shall be allowed by Temporary Conditional Use Permit (TCUP) issued in conformance with provisions of the City Code.  You may read about the rules governing the application and conditions for issuance here:  Ordinance 11-08

Gratitude Farms Animal Control Fees

Animal Owner Charges:

  • $50.00 one-time administrative handling fee per animal
  • $25.00 daily board fee, statutory veterinary services at cost

Call out and Patrol Service Fee:

  • $60.00/hr. for call out or patrol services between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • $80.00/hr. for call out or patrol services between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Call out and patrol services shall be billed in quarter hour increments.

If your dog is missing, please contact Gratitude Farms to see if they have it at (763) 331-2275.  Visit their Facebook page for more information.

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