Animal Control

Community Service Officers (CSO’s) respond to animal control calls such as a dog at large, animal bite, injured animal, barking dog and other animal issues. To report an animal issue while it's occurring, call Police Dispatch at 612-861-9898 or Public Safety at 612 861-9800.

If you would like to speak to a CSO with animal questions or concerns call 612-861-9823.

Impounded animals in Richfield are transported to an animal shelter in the City of Bloomington at 9920 Logan Ave. S. in Bloomington. Their number is 952-563-4942.
For lost and found animals, please call Richfield Public Safety at 612-861-9800 or Police dispatch at 612 961-9898.

  • Animals six months of age and older must be licensed annually. A current rabies vaccination certificate must be provided.
  • A multi-pet license is required for households that have more than two dogs or two cats.
  • The maximum number of animals allowed at a residence is five.  
  • A commercial kennel license is required for businesses selling, boarding, or breeding animals.

For questions regarding animal licensing call 612 861-9870. For other animal related questions call 612 861-9823.

Animal License Application
Multi-Pet License (see bullet points above)

Bird watching and bird feeding are enjoyed by millions of people each year and provide many benefits to both people and our feathered friends.  Bird watching is education and allows us to experience nature in our own backyard. Bird feeding supplements their natural food source, and provides energy for migration. Birds provide insect control, weed control and flower pollination.

Did you know that placing bird feed or human food on the ground may be detrimental to wildlife in the area? When wild animals such as deer or raccoon ingest bird feed, it can cause serious health issues such as disease transmission and inadequate nutrition. Wildlife may start depending upon this source of food and lose their fear of humans causing them to come around more often.

The following tips will keep your backyard inviting and attractive to birds and assist in keeping out other wildlife such as deer and raccoons. 

  •  Provide a bird bath that is kept clean and has fresh water.
  • Elevate bird feeders to deter wildlife from getting bird feed.
  • Provide a natural habitat such as bushes or a bird house.


  • Place bird seed on the ground. It makes birds easy prey to other wildlife and susceptible to deadly chemicals which may be in your lawn.
  • Put bird feeders by windows. Bird window collisions are very common.
  • Put out bread and other human food which is detrimental to wildlife.

Did you  know that feeding deer and raccoons is a violation of City ordinance? For more information or questions call City staff at 612 861-9880.

For more information on Richfield's animal laws, refer to the Chapter 9 of the Richfield City Code.