The police department oversees animal control for the City of Minnetonka and staffs community service officers – non-sworn officers – who specialize in animal issues.
To report an animal issue, ask questions or learn more, call 952-939-8500.
Minnetonka pet owners should review and be familiar with the following information.
Animal bites: Call 911 to report all bites within 24 hours.
Leash law: Dogs must be on a leash at all times, except when under voice command in ungroomed areas of parks and trails. Pets are not permitted on any developed areas of parks and trails. A dog can be under voice command in neighborhoods only if it is directly beside an owner.
Excessive noise: City ordinance prohibits excessive noise (barking) from pets, defined as repeated noise over at least a five-minute period with one minute or less lapse of time between each noise during that period. Call 911 to report incidents.
Multiple pets: Any household with more than two dogs, five cats or five dogs and cats combined older than six months must apply for a multiple animal location permit, which costs $35 annually and expires each May 31. Multi-family residences cannot exceed those numbers and are not eligible for a multiple animal location permit. Call 952-939-8500 to learn more or ask questions.
Pet ID tags: The city does not require dog licenses, but all dogs are required to wear an identification tag. Cats are not required to wear ID tags, but it is recommended. The tag should include the owner’s phone number, and name and address are also recommended.
Rabies vaccinations: All dogs and cats older than six months are required to have current rabies vaccinations and owners must have proof of vaccination.
Lost or found pets: If you are missing a pet or find a lost pet call 952-939-8510. Pets picked up by an officer that cannot be returned home will be impounded for a minimum of five days. Impound fees are $35 for first offense, $60 for second offense and $110 for third offense and beyond. A $25 per day boarding fee will also be charged.
Chickens/fowl guidelines: Minnetonka residents may own chickens/fowl (one bird per 1/10 acre rounded down) but must follow these regulations: hens only (no roosters); must not be kept in the front yard; must have fence and keep animals on owner’s property; must have a shelter of adequate size; must keep area clean so smell doesn’t leave the property. Call 952-939-8500 to learn more or ask questions.
Dangerous dogs: Animal control can declare a dog potentially dangerous or dangerous based on reported aggressive incidents. All dangerous dogs must be kept on a leash six feet long or less at all times when outdoors, or in a fenced enclosure on the owner’s property. Call 952-939-8500 to learn more or ask questions. Call 952-939-8510 to report an incident.
Pick up after your pets: Pet owners must clean up all pet feces, and are required to carry something to clean up after pets (such as plastic bags) when walking off the owner’s property.
Minnetonka’s abundant wildlife sometimes causes issues for residents, but the city’s animal control only deals with sick or injured wild animals. Call 911 to report a sick or injured wild animal, or to report a wild animal bite.
Consult a pest control agency or wildlife management service regarding nuisance wildlife.
Do not feed wildlife under any circumstances. Relocating nuisance wildlife has been proven to be an ineffective strategy, and traps typically pose more danger to pets and children.
Wild turkeys are common in Minnetonka. These territorial birds are the most likely wildlife to visit your property. To keep your property turkey-free, do not feed them (even unintentionally), cover windows or other reflective objects and don’t allow turkeys to become comfortable in the presence of people. Scare them with loud noises, swat a broom, spray a hose or open and close an umbrella.
Coyotes are fairly common in Minnetonka. Though coyote attacks on humans are incredibly rare and isolated, they could pose a danger to pets. Don’t feed coyotes – even unintentionally – and secure garbage containers. Keep pets safely confined and don’t allow them to run free.
If you see a coyote, make yourself appear large, wave your arms, shout, blow a whistle, bang pots or pans or even spray a hose. This scares coyotes and re-instills a fear of humans.