Animal Control

Feed Birds, Not Wildlife - Do's and Don'ts

As winter turns to spring and the weather becomes nicer you may decide to put out bird feed to attract birds. Our Environmental Health Division requests you follow the Feed Birds, Not Wildlife - Do's and Don'ts to ensure you attract birds, and not other wildlife.

Animal Licensing

Animal licensing questions can be answered by calling 612-861-9870. For other animal-related questions, call (612) 861-9823.

  • All animals 6 months of age and older must be licensed.
  • If a resident wants three cats or three dogs, they must obtain a separate multi-pet residence license application through the City.
  • The maximum number of animals residents may have is five total.
  • It is illegal to have more than three dogs on one property.

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

To submit animal licenses, please mail or hand deliver to:

Richfield Public Safety Department
Attn: Animal Licensing
6700 Portland Ave.
Richfield, MN 55423

Animal Control

Richfield animal control calls are primarily handled by Richfield Community Service Officers (CSO). If a CSO is not on duty when a call for animal control assistance comes in to our Dispatch Center a Police Officer will be dispatched as soon as possible depending on the priority of other pending calls.

For any in process animal control issue such as a dog at large, an animal bite, an injured animal, barking dogs or other animal issues that require a response dial 612-861-9898 or 911 if you are in Richfield.

For questions regarding animal ordinances, the keeping of animals, or wildlife issues you may phone 612-861-9823. Messages may be left outside of business hours at this number. CSO's work varying shifts at different times of the year but we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Impounded Animals

Most animals impounded by Richfield Public Safety will be sheltered at the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter, located at 9920 Logan Ave, unless special care is required. You may contact the Bloomington Animal Shelter at 952-563-4942.

Lost and found animal reports may be made at any time, 24 hours a day by calling Richfield Public Safety at 612-861-9898.

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