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August 5, 2019 - Leash Ordinance

Posted on August 5, 2019 at 9:08 AM by Kate Berg

August 5, 2019

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Q: I have noticed people going on walks with their dogs without leashes. This recently led to an incident with a neighbor that I do not know. What is the leash law in Red Wing, Minnesota?

Photo of a person walking three dogs on leashes with the words, "Dog & Cat Regulation and Licensi

A: The owner or handler must have the dog under control by leash, cord, chain, or otherwise restrained or confined. The situation you described, in which the dog is running at large, is prohibited. The next time this happens, please call the Non-Emergency, 24-hour phone number: 651-385-3155.

This question is a great opportunity to review City's ordinance 10.06: subdivision 1-7 Dog and Cat Regulation and Licensing

Subd. 1. Definitions.

1. “Owner/Handler” – a person who owns, harbors, feeds, boards, or keeps an animal hereby regulated.

2. “At Large” – off the premises of the owner and not under the custody and control of the owner or other person, either by leash, cord, chain, or otherwise restrained or confined.

Subd. 2. Running at Large Prohibited. It is unlawful for the owner of any dog and cat to permit such animal to run at large. Any dog or cat shall be deemed to be running at large with the permission of the owner unless it is on a durable leash or chain secured to an object which it cannot move and on the premises of the owner, or on such leash or chain and under the control of an accompanying person of suitable age and discretion, or confined within a motor vehicle, or confined within a building, fence (electronic wireless fences are not allowed) or other enclosure of construction sufficient to prevent the dog or cat from escaping.

Subd. 3. License Required. It is unlawful for the owner of any dog or cat, six months of age or more, to fail to obtain a license therefor from the City of Red Wing Animal Control Unit or its designee.

Subd. 4. Application. Application for a dog or cat license shall be upon a form supplied by the City of Red Wing Animal Control Unit or its designee and accompanied by a certificate of a veterinarian, duly licensed to practice veterinary medicine, which certificate shall state that the dog or cat for which application for a license is made has been inoculated against rabies for at least the period for which the license is applied. An application for license renewal, accompanied by such certificate, should be made at least 30 days before expiration of a license.

Subd. 5. Limitation. A household may not contain more than three dogs over the age of six months.

Subd. 6. Period. All dog and cat licenses shall expire when the next rabies inoculation is due.

Subd. 7. Tag Required. All licensed dogs and cats shall wear a collar and have a tag firmly affixed thereto evidencing such license for the current year. A duplicate for a lost tag may be issued by the City of Red Wing Animal Control Unit or its designee upon presentation of the receipt showing payment of the license fee for the current year. Tags shall not be transferable, and no refund shall be made on any license fee because of leaving the city or death of the dog or cat before the expiration of the license.

Please control your pet, we have had numerous reports where a dog chased or bit joggers or others exercising in the neighborhood. If this occurs, “running at large” will be the least of the citations/fines that the owner could face.


1. Minnesota State Statue Unlicensed Dogs: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/347.14
2. City of Red Wing Dog and Car Ordinance:https://www.red-wing.org/783/Dog-Cat-Ordinance

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