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City of Orono, Minnesota
The Lakeshore City

Pets - Cats & Dogs







Dog Ordinance Regulations

A dog license is required for all dogs over 6 months of age, except for seeing eye dogs or dogs kept in a licensed commercial kennel.

License Tags

Must be permanently attached to each dog's collar and worn at all times.

Duplicates are available for a nominal charge in case of loss.

Kennel License Requirements

Required for 3 or more dogs or 5 or more cats.

City Council must approve, may limit the number of dogs or cats, and may deny or revoke because of location, sanitation, maintenance or nuisance complaint problems.

Must be renewed annually on or before December 31st each year.

Dogs kept in residential kennels must also have individual dog licenses.

Contact the City Offices for information and application (952) 249-4600.

Dogs Running at Large Prohibited

Any dog shall be deemed to be running at large unless it is:

On a durable leash secured to an object which it cannot move and is on the premises of the owner. 

On a leash and under control or within 10 feet and under effective command of accompanying person of suitable age and discretion.

In owner's fenced yard or other suitable enclosure where dog cannot leave without human assistance.

In a vehicle from which dog cannot leave without human assistance.

Barking Dogs

Dogs shall not be allowed to unreasonably disturb the peace and quiet which includes:

  • Creation of noise by any dog which can be heard by any person outside the premises where dog is kept; and

  • Noise occurs repeatedly over at least a 5 minute period with 1 minute or less lapse of time between each barking, howling or baying noise during a 5 minute period.

Female Dogs in Heat

Such dogs must be kept indoors or at a commercial kennel at the owner's expense for duration of their season.

Dangerous Dogs

Dangerous dog registration is required per Chapter 711, Minnesota Statute 347.50, Subdivision 2. Contact the Community Service Officer in the Orono Police Department (952) 249-4700 for further information.

Dog Waste

It is unlawful for the owner of any dog to:

  • Fail to prevent dog from defecating in or upon public property or the premises of another.

  • Permit the solid waste of a dog to accumulate on owner's premises for more than 24 hours.

Impounded Dogs

Dogs without a license tag, or dogs running at large even if wearing a tag, shall be seized and impounded by the Police or Animal Control Officer.

Officers may enter on private property to enforce these ordinances. 

Dogs having bitten someone will be impounded for at least 10 days at the owner's expense.

Release:  Impounded dogs are taken to Crossroads Animal Shelter and released to their owners if claimed within 10 days, provided the owner pays all penalties and pound costs. Dogs may be disposed of if not claimed after 10 days.  Unlicensed dogs will be required to obtain a current license.  All dogs must be picked up at the Crossroads Animal Shelter.

Applications & Licenses

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Renewal Dates

Impound Location & Information

City of Orono, 2750 Kelley Parkway, Orono, MN 55356 - Main (952) 249-4600 - Fax (952) 249-4616