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City Code for Dogs

  • It is unlawful to keep a dog within the City without first obtaining a license. A license must be obtained for all dogs over 6 months old.
  • A collar tag must be worn at all times when the dog is off the owner's private property.
  • Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under the owner's control when off the owner's property.
  • It is unlawful to permit dogs to run at large at any time day or night.
  • It is unlawful for any owner of a dog to permit such dog to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood by barking, howling or whining.
  • It is unlawful to allow dogs in City parks even when on a leash. However; there are the following exceptions to this rule:
    • Dogs are permitted on a leash in Benson Park on Carlson Drive, in Bluff Park on Mary Circle and in Spring Lake Park. These parks are equipped with bag stations for cleaning up after the pet. This is being allowed on a trial basis and will continue only if pet owners are responsible in keeping these parks clean of pet waste.
    • Kiwanis Park on Highway 169 North has a fenced area for dogs and is available to the general public.


The City Code specifies the following: "The owner of any animal or person having custody or control of any animal shall be responsible for cleaning up any feces of the animal and disposing of the feces in a sanitary manner whether on their own property, on the property of others or on public property." Violation of these code provisions is a misdemeanor and is subject to the penalties set for by statute.