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Town ordinances require all domestic animals (dogs, cats, etc.) to be leashed when not on their owner’s property. Many city ordinances penalize a person who owns, harbors, or keeps a domestic animal that runs at large. If you see a dog running loose, please contact Animal Control by calling 911. If the animal is picked up and attempts to find the owner are unsuccessful it will be transported to an animal shelter.
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The Ramsey County Sheriff's Department patrols Township streets to enforce Township Ordinances, and provides animal control and education to pet owners. All animals impounded by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department are taken to the Animal Humane Society, 9785 Hudson Road, Woodbury. The shelter can be reached at 952-435-7738. Phone hours are 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday – Friday, and Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Search impounded pets online at www.animalhumanesociety.org/strays. Shelter pickup is by Appointment Only, call 952-435-7738.
To request animal control's assistance, day or night, including reporting a lost pet, please call the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department at 651-747-0640. For information regarding lost or found animals contact the Animal Humane Society, 952-435-7738 or 952-HELP-PET.
Domestic animals impounded by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department are taken to the Animal Humane Society, 9785 Hudson Road, Woodbury. The shelter can be reached at 952-435-7738. Phone hours are 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday – Friday, and Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Shelter pick-up is by appointment only. Call 952-435-7738. Impound animals are kept for five business days. Owners claiming their pets will need to show photo identification; proof of ownership; and payment of fees.
This is another reason why it is best to report dog bites to law enforcement.
Animal Control will pick up domestic cats in certain circumstances. Animal Control will not accept surrendered domestic cats. By city ordinance cats, like dogs, must be leashed if not on the owner’s private property. Cats that are picked up by Animal Control are transported to the shelter. Feral cats are the offspring of lost or abandoned pet cats or other feral cats who are not spayed or neutered. Unlike stray cats that are accustomed to contact with people and are tame, feral cats are not accustomed to people and are typically too fearful and wild to be handled. Feral cats do not easily adapt, or may never adapt, to living as pets in close contact with people.
The Sheriff’s Office Animal Control services do not include trapping feral cats.
If you live trap an animal, do not take it to some other part of town and release it, as this could potentially spread disease.
Animal Control does not pick up birds for West Nile virus testing.
Domestic animals are brought to a temporary shelter operated by the Animal Humane Society (9785 Hudson Road, Woodbury, Minnesota 55125). They can be reached at phone 952-435-7738 (Mon-Fri from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm). Injured small wildlife with a good chance of survival are brought to the Minnesota Wildlife Rehab Center in Roseville. Injured birds of prey are brought to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. Severely injured deer and wildlife will be euthanized.
Help your dog by working with your children to keep gates and doors closed.