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What information do I need to have for an officer to respond to take a call?
North St. Paul Police Department requests the following information: Location, description of the complaint, and possible animal owner information. This information is not required, but is preferred.
There is a dog running loose in my neighborhood. What can be done about this?
The City of North St. Paul has an ordinance that requires all dogs to be leashed when not on their owner’s property. If you have a dog running loose, please contact the Police Department at 651-747-2406 between Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. After hours, please contact Ramsey County Dispatch at 651-747-2507.
You picked up my dog. What do I need to do to get it back?
You will need to contact the Police Department to see if your dog is in custody. Staff will explain the procedure and any fees you will be required to pay.
My neighbor’s dog barks continuously when they are not home. What should I do?
Officers will respond to reports of barking dogs. Residents should be aware that the City Ordinance for barking dog is enforceable at any time day or night. When an officer responds, he will park in the area of the complaint and monitor for barking. If the dog barks continuously, the officer will try to make contact with the owner. If no one is home, a call tag will be left at the residence asking them to contact the Police Department. If the issue is not resolved, the owner will be cited.
My child was bit by my neighbor’s dog. What should I do?
You should first seek medical attention if needed. Then contact the NSPPD by calling 651-747-2406. After hours, call Ramsey County Dispatch at 651-747-2507 will then send an officer or Community Service Officer to take the report. We will then require the animal to be quarantined for 10 days. At the end of the 10 days, North St. Paul Police will check the dog to ensure it is healthy and then follow-up with the victim. Any dog that has bitten someone more than once may be declared potentially dangerous. Depending on the severity of the bite, the dog may be declared potentially dangerous or dangerous after 1 incident. This is another reason we require people to report dog bites.
We have a stray cat in the neighborhood. Does the Police Department pick up cats?
Yes, the Police Department will pick up cats. By City Ordinance cats, like dogs, must be leashed if not on the owner’s private property.
I have a raccoon that keeps getting in my garbage or bird feeder. Can the Police Department help me?
We’re sorry, but the Police Department does not respond to wild animal calls. We do not remove wildlife simply because it is on your property. However, if the animal is causing property damage you may set your own live traps. If you trap an animal, do not take it to some other part of town and release it. This could potentially spread disease.
There is an injured bird in my yard. Will you pick it up?
We’re sorry, but we are unable to assist with injured birds unless they are birds of prey (owls, hawks, eagles, etc.). Please contact the University of Minnesota Raptor Center at 612-624-4745 if you find an injured bird of prey.
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