Cambridge, MN asked in Personal Injury for Minnesota

Q: Is there a legal course of action that can be taken against a city or township that has not implemented a leash law?

I live in a populated shoreline area where people are in the habit of letting their dogs run off their property. There have been numerous issues for people walking their dogs down the road and being charged and/or attacked by neighbors dogs. I was bitten this morning by a neighbor's dog that bolted out when she opened the garage door. Typically, she manages her dog very well. I'm not interested in taking action against her but there are numerous other neighbors who do not manage their animals. I can't believe the township has not taken any action after many complaints and has no process for handling this issue other than to pass it to the sherriffs office.

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Robert Kane
Robert Kane
  • Eagan, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: The residents will need to continue to complain to city officials, including those elected. The governing body would enact the ordinance. You will need convince those in office to do so or campaign to have them replaced.

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