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Dog owners reminded of leash law, pet ordinances
For the health and safety of the community, Plymouth city staff remind dog owners of the city’s leash law and pet ordinances.
Owners Must Clean up After Their Pets
Pet owners must clean up after their pets. Before leaving the house to take an animal for a walk, pet owners should be sure to bring a bag along for proper disposal of pet waste.
When pet waste is left behind, rainwater washes it into lakes and streams. Because the waste contains harmful bacteria, it pollutes water bodies and can cause illness. It also breaks down differently than wild animal waste, as it contains excess nutrients – which may cause algae blooms in lakes and streams.
Dogs Must be Leashed at All Times
City of Plymouth ordinances require pets to be leashed at all times, except when on their owner’s private property. Leashes must be no longer than 6 feet long.
The ordinance protects animals and people alike. No matter how well-trained they are, unrestrained animals are at increased risk of being injured by vehicles or other animals in the area. People can be injured when a typically friendly pet becomes unexpectedly aggressive or suddenly enters the path of a bicyclist, pedestrian or motorist.
If a dog is observed without a leash where not allowed, the animal’s owner can be cited with a misdemeanor and fine of up to $128. Those responsible for unrestrained animals are also liable for their animal’s actions.
Call 911 to Report Violations, Concerns
For the safety of the community, residents who observe violations of the above animal ordinances or any other public safety concerns are encouraged to call 911 immediately so that a community service officer or police officer can respond.
Let Dogs Run Free at Dog Parks
Dog owners have the opportunity to let dogs play unleashed at the city’s designated dog parks, which feature a number of canine-friendly amenities. Plymouth has three dog parks:
- Plymouth Dog Park, 17005 County Road 47
- 4 Paws Dog Park, 9755 36th Ave. N.
- Happy Tails Dog Park (seasonal), 1700 County Road 101
For more information, visit plymouthmn.gov/dogpark.