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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.
Dogs and cats must be on a leash (no more than 10-feet long) when off their owner’s property. Additionally, it is unlawful to allow a dog or a cat to leave the owner's (or keeper's) premises without a rabies identification tag attached or a microchip implanted. Owners who continue to let pets run freely are subject to citation.
No. Dogs and cats more than six months old (that reside in Mankato longer than 60 days) must be registered with the city of Mankato. There is no cost. Information required: name, address, telephone number, rabies tag number, microchip and any other descriptive information.
Register online; at the Animal Impound, 903 Mound Avenue; Mankato's Public Safety Center, 710 South Front Street; or at the Intergovernment Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza. For more information, call 311 or 507-387-8600.
Each residential household may have up to four dogs unless a resident obtains a hobby kennel license, which allows up to four additional dogs. There is no restriction on the number of cats a household may have. If interested in more information about a hobby kennel license, call 311 or 507-387-8600. Apply for a hobby kennel license online.
Note: Dog owners who have more than four dogs as of October 15, 2014 may keep these dogs without obtaining a hobby kennel license. If one of the dogs passes away, ownership is transferred, or the dog leaves for another reason, the dog cannot be replaced until below four dogs, or a hobby kennel license is obtained.
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.
To report an animal causing a nuisance, call 911.
Dogs or cats that make noise (such as barking, howling or crying) for more than five minutes, or intermittent noise that lasts longer than one hour and is plainly audible outside property limits anytime of day or night are considered annoyances.
Yes. Dogs and cats (more than 12 weeks old) living in Mankato must have a current rabies vaccination because of the risk this
disease poses to the public. Any vaccination given elsewhere and current for longer than two years will only be recognized for those two years to ensure public safety.
"Potentially dangerous" means a dog who:
The dog must be registered with the city. Registration includes payment of fees, and proof of liability insurance
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.