The City of Detroit Lakes requires all dogs and cats within the City and over the age of three months to be licensed annually. You may purchase your license at the City Administration Building at 1025 Roosevelt Ave. The cost per license is $16. Proof of rabies vaccination must be provided at time of licensing. Your pet license will expire on December 31st of each year, regardless of the date it was purchased.
City Ordinance 503A prohibits any person from keeping more than two dogs, two cats, two rabbits or two guinea pigs over the age of four months within city limits. A council-approved permit must be obtained if you wish more than 2 (in any combination) of these animals. You may apply for a permit at the City Administration Building, 1025 Roosevelt Ave. at a cost of $50 per animal, per year. A permit will not be issued if a nuisance will be created.
Running At Large
Animals are prohibited from running at large and must be on a leash when not on the pet owner’s property, per City Ordinance 502.04. Any cat or dog that is seized within City limits will be brought to the City Pound. No impounded dog or cat will be released from the pound without a City license. Fines and any applicable boarding fees must also be paid before an animal will be allowed to be taken from the pound.
Cats and dogs are not allowed on the City Beach; however they are allowed in the park provided they are on a leash and kept under the control of an accompanying person. All animal waste must be picked up and properly disposed of.
Any dog inside the Detroit Lakes city limits may be designated as potentially dangerous if the dog, when unprovoked, bites a human or domestic animal on public or private property, chases or approaches a person in an apparent attitude of attack, or has a tendency to cause injury or threaten the safety of humans or domestic animals on public or private property.
Any dog inside the Detroit Lakes city limits may be designated as dangerous if the dog, without provocation, inflicts substantial bodily harm to a person on public or private property, kills a domestic animal while off the owner’s property, or aggressively bites, attacks or endangers the safety of humans or domestic animals after its owner has been notified the dog is potentially dangerous.
No potentially dangerous or dangerous dog shall be kept in the City of Detroit Lakes unless the owner has completed the application process to register the animal, which includes implanting a microchip and posting a sign on the owner’s property.
For problems with any animal, call the Public Works Dept at (218) 847-4637, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After hours and weekends call the Detroit Lakes Police Dept at (218) 847-4222.
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City Pound: Marshmallow Foundation