According to the American Pet Products Association, 47% 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 dog parks. 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 and 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 dog parks.
Issues With Dogs
Under Minnesota State Statute, domestic animals that have bitten or demonstrated aggression must be investigated to determine if that animal is a threat to the public's safety. Eden Prairie Police conduct these investigations and make dangerous animal declarations based on the severity of the incident, including serious bites and unprovoked aggressive behavior.
Information about dangerous dogs living in Eden Prairie can be found on the Dangerous Dogs Map.
Requirements of Dangerous Dog Owners:
- All dangerous dogs living in Eden Prairie must be registered as such with Hennepin County.
- The dog's enclosure must be posted with the Minnesota Dangerous Dog Warning Symbol.
- When kept outside, the dog must be kept in a secure enclosure - this must be a building or fenced area from which the dog cannot escape of its own volition, and which cannot be entered by children or others.
- If the dog is kept inside a building, that building must not have doors or windows which are left open, or which are secured only by screens, or which the dog can open by itself.
- If the dog is outside of the enclosure, it must be muzzled and on a sturdy leash or chain-controlled by an adult.
- The dog must have an implanted microchip ID, and the chip's manufacturer and the chip's serial number must be provided to Eden Prairie Animal Control and to Hennepin County as a condition of registration.
- The owner of a dangerous dog must renew the dog's registration annually until the dog is deceased. If the dog is moved to a new jurisdiction, it must be registered as a dangerous dog in its new jurisdiction.
- The owner of a dangerous dog must notify Eden Prairie Animal Control in writing of the death of the dog or its transfer to a new jurisdiction within 30 days of the death or transfer, and must, if requested by Eden Prairie Animal Control, execute an affidavit under oath setting forth either the circumstances of the dog's death and disposition or the complete name, address, and telephone number of the person to whom the dog has been transferred.
- Eden Prairie Animal Control requires that all dangerous dogs be sterilized at the owner's expense.
- A person who owns a dangerous dog and who rents property from another where the dog will reside must disclose to the property owner prior to entering the lease agreement and at the time of the lease renewal that the person owns a dangerous dog that will reside at the property.
- A person that owns a dangerous dog must notify the purchaser that the dog has been identified as dangerous. The seller must also notify Eden Prairie Animal Control in writing of the sale and provide the new owner's name, address, and telephone number.