Regulatory Services

Minneapolis Animal Care
& Control

212 17th Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

911 for Emergencies (Animal Attacks)

Call 311 (non-emergency issues)

612-673-MACC (6222)
Fax: 612-673-6255

Dangerous Dogs

Dangerous Animal Declarations

Under Minnesota State Statute and Minneapolis City Ordinance, domestic animals that have bitten or demonstrated aggression must be investigated to determine if that animal is a threat to the public's safety and should be declared "dangerous." MACC conducts these investigations and makes dangerous animal declarations. Declarations are determined based on the severity of the incident, including serious bites and unprovoked aggressive behavior.

There are three types of dangerous animal declarations:

Any animal that bites a person or domestic animal and is subject to dangerous animal proceedings may be impounded and kenneled at the MACC shelter for the duration of the quarantine and until compliance is met. The owner is responsible for paying all fees incurred during quarantine at the shelter.

Declared animals must comply with certain requirements to safeguard against future attacks or aggression. MACC conducts bi-annual compliance checks on all dangerous animals in Minneapolis to ensure these requirements are met.

Photos, Data and Ordinances

Potentially Dangerous Animal

1. Potentially Dangerous - Full Declaration

Owners of potentially dangerous animals must meet the following requirements:

2. Potentially Dangerous - Training

Owners of potentially dangerous animals with a training declaration must meet the above requirements for potentially dangerous animals, but DO NOT need a muzzle or an indoor kennel, DO NOT need to register as a dangerous animal, but CAN be off-leash in an approved fenced yard.

3. Potentially Dangerous - Modified

Owners of potentially dangerous animals with a modified declaration must meet the above requirements for potentially dangerous animals, but DO NOT need a muzzle or a leash in an approved fenced yard.

Dangerous Animal

In addition to the requirements for potentially dangerous animals (full declaration), owners of dangerous animals must also meet the following requirements:

Destruct Order

Destruct orders are issued for the most serious incidents and for noncompliance with dangerous animal requirements.

Last updated Jul 23, 2013