Animal Control

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The Animal Control Officer provides service to the contract communities of Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Little Canada, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Township. 

Animal Control primarily responds to concerns about domestic animals:

  • 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.

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