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Animals & Pets

Laws & Licenses

Most Animal laws are found in Willmar's Municipal Code.

Limit on Number of Cats/Dogs

You may not have more than three (3) adult pets in your household (dwelling unit), regardless of the number of residents living there.

Having four (4) or more domestic pets over six months of age would be considered a commercial kennel (Municipal Code Sec. 4-29), which needs to be located in an area where kennels are regulated by Willmar City Zoning Ordinance #1060 (66).  A kennel is described as any place where four (4) or more domestic pets over six months of age are kept, boarded, bred, offered for sale, excluding a veterinary clinic, which has special regulations.

All Other Animals

The City of Willmar recognizes the desire to keep or maintain exotic, domesticated, and a variety other animals, besides cats and dogs.  These animals are closely regulated within city limits. Different restrictions apply, depending upon the zoning within the city where these types of animals might be kept. All animals of this nature are regulated under Willmar Ordinance #1333 (General, Section 4.1-Section 4.25).

Impoundment of Animals

Dogs and cats found running at large may be impounded. Owners are responsible for all impound fees, which include pickup, daily boarding, medical attention and licensing. 
Municipal Code Sec. 4-27.

Leash Laws & Cleaning Up Deposits

Pets must be restrained at all times when off the owner’s property.  In city parks, all domestic animals must be on a leash shorter than 15 feet.  City Ordinance requires you to carry equipment to clean up after your pet.  You must pick up and properly dispose of your animal's waste.  Municipal Code Sec. 11-79.


Animal Complaints

Willmar Police Officers, as well as Community Service Officers (CSOs), handle animal complaints.  Animal complaints can include, but are not limited to, animals running at large, barking dogs, requesting a live trap for wild animals, animal neglect, etc.  Animal complaints can be reported by contacting the Willmar Police Department, (320) 235-2244.

To report a missing pet, please contact the Willmar Police Department at (320) 235-2244.  You can also check with the Kandiyohi County Humane Society (Hawk Creek Animal Shelter) or our local pet clinics.

Dogs or Cats Running at Large

Cats and dogs may not run loose.  City ordinances prohibit people from allowing their animals to run at large, including cats.  Each must be leashed, kenneled, or under direct and effective control of the owner.  Municipal Code Sec. 4-26.

Impoundment of Animals

Dogs and cats found running at large may be impounded. Owners are responsible for all impound fees, which include pickup, daily boarding, medical attention and licensing. 
Municipal Code Sec. 4-27.

Barking Dogs

Dogs may not bark, howl or cry more than three (3) minutes with less than one (1) minute of interrupting quiet. Municipal Code Sec. 4-30.
Owners may not allow their pet to become a nuisance.  Municipal Code Sec. 4-28.

Animal Bites

If your dog bites someone, identify yourself and tell the victim whether your dog's rabies vaccination is current. Call the police department to report all animal bites. Your dog must be quarantined for 10 days. You must report to the Police or Health department if your dog gets sick, dies or exhibits abnormal behavior during the quarantine period. After 10 days, your dog must be examined by a veterinarian and a report of this examination given to the police. If your cat bites someone, you are required to report the bite to the Police and follow the same quarantine procedure as for dogs.


Dog & Cat Permits

Does your Dog or Cat have a Willmar Animal License?

It shall be unlawful for any person to own a dog or cat four (4) months old or older in this city, unless such dog or cat is licensed.

Any Willmar resident may obtain a one year city dog or cat license by making application to the City Treasurer or an appointed agent, accompanied by the license fee and the evidence of vaccination required.

How much is it?

​Type of Animal

​Prior to January 15, 2017

After January 15, 2017

​Dog or Cat, unspayed/unneutered

​$5.00

$7.50

​Dog or Cat, Spayed / Neutered

​$2.00

$3.00

​Agent Fees extra $2.00 per tag

   

No license will be issued that exceeds the expiration date of the rabies certificate or where it is known that there are more than three adult pets at one residence.

How can I apply for an animal license?

Cat and dog licenses are available from City Offices or your local vet.  All other animal permit applications are available at City Offices.

​Name

​Address

Telephone​

City Office Building

​333 SW Sixth Street

320-235-4913

Country Lake Veterinary

​​8577 County Road 1 NW, Pennock

320-599-4025

Green Lake Pet Hospital

​​284 Lake Avenue North, Spicer

320-796-5951

Hawk Creek Animal Shelter

250 28th Street SW

320-235-7612

South 71 Vet Clinic

4119 Abbott Drive

320-235-7396

Willmar Pet Hospital

705 Industrial Drive SW

320-235-1090

For more information you may call the City Clerk-Treasurer’s City Offices at 320-235-4913.

 

Contact Information

City Treasurer

Direct: 320-235-4913