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Answers to frequently-asked questions about dogs and cats within the city of Mankato
Dogs (and cats) are not allowed to run off the premises of its owner or keeper unless the dog has a leash no longer than ten (10) feet long
Dogs kept within the city must be licensed by the city. To be licensed the dog must have a current rabies vaccination. Licenses are available at the city offices during regular business hours. For more information contact the city of Mankato at 507-387-8600.
"Potentially dangerous" means a dog who:
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
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.