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Four Paws Animal Control

Please contact Four Paws Animal Control at 952-894-9065 when you observe:

  • Lost or stray animals.
  • Deceased, sick, and injured animals located within City limits, including County and State Highways.
  • Snapping turtles, snakes, and other animals posing a danger to the public.

4 Paws Animal Control
12848 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee, MN 55379
Direct: 952-894-9065


Dog Licensing

Current licensing and identification tags increase the chances that your dog will be returned to you if they become lost.

The City of Savage requires all dogs age 16 weeks or older to be licensed annually:

  • $15 per dog license; $10 if spayed or neutered;
  • No charge for service dogs
  • A current copy of rabies vaccination is required per application

Licenses may be obtained from the Savage Police Department, Gentle Doctor Veterinary Clinic or Savage Tower Animal Hospital. Licenses expire on December 31 of the year issued.


Leash Law

Dogs and cats are required to be either on the owner's property or restrained by a leash at all times, except if a dog is supervised by its owner at a designated dog park. Leashes should be no more than 10 feet in length. Any pets found running at large will be taken to Four Paws Animal Control.


Pet Nuisances

Animal owners have a responsibility to ensure their pets do not create a nuisance for the rest of the community and are required to comply with ordinances regulating animals in the City. The following is a summary of the most common animal control regulations:

  • The owner or person in control of an animal is responsible for cleaning up any feces and disposing of it in a sanitary manner whether on their own property, on the property of others, or on public property.
  • Animals may not run at large.
  • Habitually barking is prohibited and is defined as barking, crying or howling for repeated intervals of at least three minutes with less than one minute of interruption. Such barking must also be audible off of the owner or caretaker’s premises.
  • It is unlawful for your pets to cause damage to lawns, gardens, or other property, whether or not the animal owner has knowledge of the damage.
  • No more than three dogs and no more than three cats are allowed per household.
  • The owner of any animal or person having the custody or control of any animal is responsible for cleaning up any feces of the animal and disposing of such feces in a sanitary manner whether on their own property, on the property of others, or on public property. Any person found in violation may be issued a misdemeanor citation.
  • Whenever an animal aggressively approaches or bites any human being or domestic animal, the animal shall immediately be quarantined for at least ten days per City Code.
  • Dogs shall not be located in parks unless they are leashed.

Backyard Chickens & Honey Bees

Residents are allowed to have backyard chickens and honey bees. View City Code requirements, Chapter 91: Animal Control.


Resolving an Issue

If you are experiencing problems with a neighborhood animal, the Savage Police Department recommends the following:

  • If comfortable, approach the animal’s owner with your concerns. The owner may not be aware of the problem and may appreciate you showing a sincere interest in solving the problem together.
  • If you are not comfortable approaching the animal’s owner, call the Savage Police Department. The Department’s Code Enforcement Division may be able to help by informing the owner of your concerns, providing a copy of the Animal Control Ordinance, and informing them if they are in violation of the ordinance.
  • Call 911 or non-emergency at 952-445-1411 to report animal welfare concerns and other serious animal related issues.

Urban Coyotes

Although coyotes can be found anywhere in Minnesota, populations are establishing and increasing in the Twin Cities metro area. If you are concerned about the presence of coyotes in your area, learn more on the do's and don'ts with urban coyotes.


Dog Parks

bulldog running in a parkSavage Dog Park
Xenwood Avenue and Highway 13 W Frontage Road
Savage, MN 55378
Free

Murphy-Hanrehan Dog Park
15501 Murphy Lake Road
Savage, MN 55378
$5 per use; annual passes available