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Answers to frequently asked questions about dogs and cats within the city of Mankato
Help us help you by not leaving pets alone in vehicles, especially during hot weather. Doing so can place them in a dangerous situation, and it's against state law. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, even with windows cracked open, the temperature in a vehicle can rise by 30 degrees within 20 minutes. The longer a pet is in a car, the higher the temperature goes. If a pet cannot leave the vehicle, it's recommended to leave the pet at home. See other resources for pet owners.
Anyone observing an animal left in a vehicle is asked to call 911. For more information, contact staff at 507-387-8590.
Dogs and cats must be on a leash no longer than 10-feet long when not on its owner's property for the public’s safety as well as the animal’s safety.
Yes. Dogs kept within the city must have a city of Mankato dog license. To be licensed the dog must have a current rabies vaccination. Licenses are available at the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza. See costs. For more information, contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.
When city staff receives a report of activity by a dog that fits the criteria outlined above, an investigation is conducted. If the investigator believes the dog is potentially dangerous a notice is given to the owner declaring the dog as potentially dangerous. The owner does have a right to a hearing within 14 days.
The dog must be registered with the city. Registration includes payment of fees, and proof of liability insurance
"Potentially dangerous" means a dog who:
A "dangerous" dog:
When the city receives a report of activity by a dog that fits the criteria outlined above, an investigation is conducted. If the investigator believes the dog is dangerous a notice is given to the owner declaring the dog as dangerous. The owner has a right to a hearing within 14 days.
The city can seize the dog. If the dog is seized the owner must pay impoundment fees and prove they are in compliance with requirements.
Yes. If the dog is already declared to be either "potentially dangerous" or "dangerous" and seriously injures a person without being provoked whether it's on public or private property.
Before a dog is destroyed, the owner is notified and has an opportunity to an appeal hearing. If there is no appeal, or the appeal determines that destruction is the right thing, the animal will be put down in a humane manner. The owner is responsible for all cost of impoundment, boarding and euthanasia.
The owner must notify the city in writing of any death, transfer to new owner or being taken to a new jurisdiction. If the dog is transferred to another jurisdiction it may not be returned to the city of Mankato.
The owner of the rental property must be notified before renewing or entering into a lease. Simply notifying a landlord is no guarantee of acceptance or being allowed to remain in a lease.