Animal Issues


Dogs may not run at large and must be under control.

It is unlawful for dogs to defecate on private property without the consent of the property owner or on any public property unless the excrement is immediately removed and placed in a proper receptacle.

It is unlawful to own, keep, have in possession, or harbor any dog which howls, yelps, or barks to the reasonable annoyance of another person or persons. Animal control officers may impound the dog to stop the annoyance, if necessary.

View a complete list of codes regarding dogs.


Cats are not permitted to run at large.

View a complete list of codes regarding cats.

Multiple Animals and Other Animals

A Multiple Pet Permit (PDF) is required for any combination of 4 or more dogs and/or cats (City Code 6-205). Report any animal bites to police immediately. Attempt to contain any animal involved in a bite situation for police.

The City has other ordinances pertaining to non-domestic animals, many of which are not allowed in the city.

All stray animals found and any animals quarantined are kept at the Animal Humane Society.

If you find a stray dog and cat, please call 911 to request assistance from an Animal Control Officer.

Wildlife Issues

The City of Coon Rapids does not manage wildlife. If you have specific questions about managing wildlife populations, contact The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

If you are looking to remove wildlife from your property, this may be handled by the MN DNR or a private pest removal company, depending on the specific situation.

The City of Coon Rapids does not allow for feeding of wildlife on public or private property, however, there is an exception for song birds on private property. Read more in the City Code.