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Animal Control

About Animal Control Services

In May 2012, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office added an Animal Control Officer to the services provided to the contract cities (Arden Hills, Gem Lake, Little Canada, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Township). 

Animal Control primarily responds to concerns about domestic animals within the contract cities by:

  • Responding to animal ordinance violations 
  • Impounding stray and dangerous dogs 
  • Following up on all animal bite reports 
  • Helping to resolve issues through negotiation or issuing a citation if necessary

If animal control services are not available, a deputy will respond to the call.

The Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officer takes a community-based approach with an emphasis on education and finding solutions that help make dogs and cats good neighbors.  An enforcement approach is taken when public safety is at stake, such as a dog bite or dangerous animal is reported.

Animal control services are focused on domestic animal issues.  Animal Control does not remove wild animals, including bats, simply because they are on your property.  Most cities in Ramsey County recommend the use of licensed professional pest control companies for removal of problem wildlife.  Deputies and police officers do respond to public safety incidents involving injured or dangerous wildlife.

Reporting an Animal Control Problem

When reporting an animal control problem or concern, the following information is helpful:

  • Your name and phone number 
  • Location of the complaint 
  • Description of the complaint
  • Description of the animal 
  • Possible animal owner information

Pet Licenses and Fees  

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office does not license pets.  Pet licenses are provided by city government. 

For more information, please visit your city’s website:

More Information

For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions about Animal Control or contact the Public Safety Services Division at 651-266-7300.

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Community Concerns Form

Have a concern, idea, or observation? The Sheriff’s Office wants to hear it. Use the Community Concerns Form to share your concerns and comments.

Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office
Minnesota's First Law Enforcement Agency - Established 1849

Sheriff Matt Bostrom