Dangerous Animal Declarations
Under Minnesota State Statute and Minneapolis City Ordinance, domestic animals that have bitten or demonstrated aggression must be investigated to determine if that animal is a threat to the public's safety and should be declared "dangerous." MACC conducts these investigations and makes dangerous animal declarations. Declarations are determined based on the severity of the incident, including serious bites and unprovoked aggressive behavior.
There are three types of dangerous animal declarations:
- Potentially Dangerous Animal
- Dangerous Animal
- Destruct Order
Any animal that bites a person or domestic animal and/or is subject to dangerous animal proceedings may be impounded and kenneled at the MACC shelter for the duration of the quarantine and/or until compliance is met. The owner is responsible for paying all fees incurred during quarantine at the shelter.
Declared animals must comply with certain requirements to safeguard against future attacks or aggression. MACC conducts bi-annual compliance checks on all dangerous animals in Minneapolis to ensure these requirements are met.
Dependent on the situation there is also the chance of no declaration being made on the animal, but the owner will be issued a warning and the incident will remain on file should another incident occur in the future.
Potentially Dangerous Animal
Owners of potentially dangerous animals must meet the following requirements:
- The animal must be muzzled and on an approved leash controlled by an adult any time the dog is not inside a dwelling or in an approved kennel or fenced yard. All outdoor kennels and fenced yards must be inspected and approved by MACC prior to use by the dangerous animal.
- The animal must be spayed/neutered.
- The animal must be microchipped.
- The animal must be registered with MACC annually and must have an annual "dangerous animal" city license.
- The animal must be kept in a secure area when persons other than family members are present inside the home.
- No off leash park permit shall be issued to a dangerous animal, and use of the off leash parks is prohibited.
- Other requirements as specified by city ordinance.
In addition to the requirements for potentially dangerous animals (full declaration), owners of dangerous animals must also meet the following requirements:
- The owners of the animal must have a current insurance bond in the amount of at least three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000.00) to cover any personal injuries inflicted by the animal.
- A clearly visible sign indicating that a "dangerous animal" is on the premises must be posted in the front and rear of the property.
- Any dog declared dangerous must wear a state-mandated dangerous dog tag.
Destruct orders are issued for the most serious incidents and for noncompliance with dangerous animal requirements.
Dangerous Dogs Map
Last updated Oct 5, 2018