Dog Days of Summer
Here are a few reminders to ensure pets and humans have a safe summer:
1. Keep your pets on a leash.
Dogs and cats must be either on the owner’s property or restrained by a leash at all times. Leashes should be no more than 10 feet in length. Any pets found running at large will be taken to the pound or, if licensed and the owner is identified, taken to the owner.
EXCEPTION: Dogs may be unleashed under supervision at the Southbridge Community Park dog park. All dogs (resident or non-resident) using the dog park must be licensed in the city and properly vaccinated.
2. Clean up after your pet.
Pet waste must be immediately removed from any public or private property. It's important to pick up pet waste since roundworms and other parasites linger in the soil for years. Beyond damaging your grass, the bacteria in pet waste causes cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness and serious kidney disorders in humans.
Pet owners must have a poop bag (or another way to pick up waste) in their possession when walking their pet. Never put pet waste in the storm drain.
3. Be responsible for your animal.
- Pet owners have a responsibility to ensure their animals are not a nuisance to others. This includes:
- Habitually barking or crying
- Chasing vehicles or individuals
- Damaging or defiling property
- Pestering people not on its property
4. License your dog.
All dogs over 6 months must be licensed in the city. The city offers annual and lifetime licenses. Dog licenses can be purchased at the Community Center or online at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/pets.
This story originally appeared in the Summer 2019 Hometown Messenger.