Animal-related issues within the city fall into two categories -- domestic animals/pets or wildlife. The Police Department’s community service officers (CSOs) are responsible for animal control within the community.
CSOs handle calls for service related to domestic pets. Issues involving wildlife will be documented, but assistance from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other experts may be needed to deal with these issues. Regulations involving animals as pets within the community are addressed in Section 915 of the City Code.
The City of Plymouth no longer licenses dogs or cats, but both cats and dogs must wear some type of identifier. The identification can be a microchip or a tag with the owner’s phone number or address. Dogs, cats and ferrets are required to be vaccinated against rabies.
Limits on Number of Pets
The total number of dogs and cats in a household is limited to four, with no more than two being dogs over six months of age. To exceed this limit, the owner must apply for a multiple animal license. For more information call 763-509-5160.
Lost or Stray Animals
The department takes impounded animals to its multi-city kennel facility called Pets Under Police Security (PUPS). PUPS is located in Maple Grove at 11350 89th Ave. N. The PUPS phone number is 763-494-5999. Pet owners must pay any impound fees at the Plymouth Police Department before retrieving their pets.
Dogs and cats are required to be under restraint when off the owner’s property. Leashes are required to be under six feet in length. There are some exceptions to the leash requirement, including an exceptions dogs at a dog park and registered outdoor cats. Please familiarize yourself with these requirements. (Section 915 of the City Code covers animal control. Section 105 offers definitions related to animal control as well as other areas.)
The animal ordinance also addresses various nuisances involving animals, including barking and damage caused by pets running loose. City ordinance requires dog owners walking their pet off their property to be responsible for picking up any feces and carrying the necessary equipment to do so.
The Plymouth Police Department is very concerned with issues involving animal bites. The City Code outlines procedures for declarations of dangerous dogs and potentially dangerous dogs. Please call 9-1-1, if you are involved in or witness a bite situation.
Wild or Farm Animals as Pets
Keeping wild animals as pets is a violation of the animal ordinance. The keeping of farm animals is regulated by the city’s Zoning Ordinance.
Wildlife in Suburban Areas
As development occurs in Plymouth, wildlife habitat area decreases and individuals come into contact with various types of wildlife more often. In most cases, there is no need for alarm and the city does not need to be notified of these encounters. Generally, most wild animals are wary of humans and try to avoid them. If the animal is acting aggressively or appears to be sick or injured, please contact the Police Department.
The Police Department discourages individuals from feeding wildlife in all situations.
For more information on dealing with particular wildlife issues, check out our brochure, Encountering Wildlife in Suburban Habitats (PDF) or check the Minnesota DNR website.