Richfield, Eden Prairie and the Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC) have contracted with the Bloomington Police Department's Animal Control Unit to provide animal sheltering services. Animals from these entities are impounded and held at the Bloomington Animal Shelter in accordance with state law and existing contracts
Animal Control responds to nearly 3,000 animal-related calls for service each year. Nearly 600 domestic and non-domestic animals from Bloomington are impounded at the animal shelter each year, most of which are released back to their owners.
The Animal Control Officers also spend considerable time educating youth in the schools on animal safety programs. Each year they visit all elementary schools in Bloomington to deliver a fun-filled animal safety message.
Contact the Animal Control Unit 24 hours a day at 952-563-4942.
Within the State of Minnesota, leaving a dog inside a parked vehicle is not a crime until the conditions in the vehicle present a health hazard to the animal.
If outside conditions warrant, please contact 911 when a violation is occurring.
Animal Control will be dispatched to take digital infrared temperature readings inside the vehicle. If the owner cannot be contacted, and conditions warrant, the animal will be removed and transported to the shelter.
Depending on the circumstances, a citation or complaint may be issued against the animal owner.
Coyotes are one of nature's ways of controlling nuisance wildlife populations, such as rabbits, small rodents and deer. They generally stay away from people and there have been no reports of coyotes being aggressive towards people in Bloomington or surrounding cities.
Pets must be restrained at all times. Unlike dogs, cats and other pets must always be kept on the owner's property. Every dog owner must protect people, property and animals from injuries or damages which might result from the dog's behavior.
At home, a dog must be within a sturdy, enclosed fence or building.
A dog may be restrained within a secure vehicle.
When picketing a dog, use a chain or metal cable, which is attached to a fixed object. The picket should only be located in the rear yard of the owner's property and the dog's chain should not reach within 10 feet of the property line or sidewalk and fifty feet of a house other than the owner's.
When walking a leashed dog and a person or animal approaches within 20 feet, the leash must be shortened to six feet.
Voice control may be used if the dog is: on the owner's property, in a dog show or an obedience demonstration, hunting or retrieving game, or on City-owned property designated as an off-leash area.