Pet Waste

What's the Big Deal?


Although seemingly innocent and minuscule, both the EPA and the MPCA have placed pet waste in the same category of water contaminants as toxic chemicals and oil. It is one of the most abundant contaminants in our lakes and rivers because it can flow into storm sewers via rain/snow runoff from any location - even a lawn. Pet diets are high in protein, unlike geese, which leads to a very potent poo. According to a survey conducted at City Hall, 78% of residents say that the largest inhibitor to picking up their pet's waste is forgetting to bring a bag.

Out for a walk? Plan ahead. Don't forget the doggie bags.
Pet Waste
Contaminants found in dog waste that are harmful to dogs, wildlife, water quality, and humans alike are: Salmonella, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, coccidia, giardia, Paro Virus and E coli. E coli can cause kidney disorders and diarrhea in pets or even humans.

Pet Waste Pick-Up Services


A variety of metro area pet waste services are available for weekly or monthly yard pick-up. Services are available for residential or multi-family spaces.

City Pet Ordinances


Section 91.38: Droppings


It is the responsibility of the owner, keeper or the person in control of an animal to clean up any droppings of the animal and to dispose of the droppings in a sanitary manner. When you are out and about with your animal, please remember to bring along whatever you need to clean up after your pet. It is your responsibility, even if the animal isn't yours, and you're doing the owner a favor by walking it, to clean up after the animal and dispose of the droppings in a sanitary manner.

Section 91.37: Running at Large


No owner or keeper of any domesticated animal may permit the animal to be at large and must at all times keep the animal under physical restraint. An animal is deemed "at large" whenever it is off the property of the owner or keeper and not under physical restraint. This includes dogs, cats, and any other domesticated pet.


Section 91.05: Special Multiple Dog License


The City requires that anyone in the Village that has 3 dogs over the age of 6 months must obtain a multiple dog license for their premise.

Learn More


Learn more about pet waste from our Pet Waste Brochure (PDF).