According to the American Pet Products Association, 47 percent of households own at least one dog. In Eden Prairie, it’s not uncommon to see residents walk their dog companions around the block, on park trails or at off-leash dog exercise areas. Most families describe these pets as part of the family. Our City encourages responsible pet ownership.
All dogs 6 months and older living in Eden Prairie are required to be licensed with the City. Owners are required to show proof of rabies vaccination when applying. Dog licenses cost $20 and run on a calendar year. They are issued for a two-year cycle, with the next cycle ending Dec. 31, 2018. Licenses purchased in 2018 are prorated and only cost $10. Those licenses still expire Dec. 31, 2018. Licenses can be purchased by mail or in person at the City Center.
Like most cities, Eden Prairie has a leash law. Pets are required to be on a leash, not to exceed 6 feet in length, when they are off their owner's property. If your dog loves to run free, visit one of Eden Prairie’s Off-Leash Dog Exercise Areas.
UNWANTED ISSUES WITH DOGS
Eden Prairie City Code [PDF] chapter 9.07, subd. 6A states that it is unlawful for the owner of any animal to allow the animal off the owner’s premises unless controlled by a leash, not to exceed 6 feet in length. An exception is made only if the animal is on private property of another with the landowner's permission, provided the animal owner is present.
Animal bites are required by law to be reported to the Police Department. If someone has sustained a serious injury, call 911 for police and medical response. All dog and cat bites, even if minor, must be reported to the Police Department. This includes bites that happen to you or a family member, by your own pet. An Animal Control Officer will advise you of the appropriate actions needed.
Pick up after your pet! Owners are required to immediately pick up after their pets on any public or private property owned by another. Click here to learn more about the importance of picking up after your dog.
Eden Prairie has a barking dog ordinance [PDF]. Dog owners may not allow their dogs to unreasonably disturb the peace and quiet of any person in the vicinity. Specifically, dogs are not allowed to bark more than 30 times in a 10-minute period. If you hear a dog barking excessively please call 911 and an Animal Control Officer will respond.
To protect the safety of the community, the Police Department may declare dogs to be dangerous or potentially dangerous due to bites or aggressive incidents.