By Caroline Lowe, WCCO-TV

— Nineteen dogs declared dangerous by the city of Minneapolis now have their photos, names, home addresses and offenses posted on a public website.

Those dogs, along with 177 other dogs declared “potentially dangerous,” get compliance visits from city animal control officers. These animals are in trouble for having bit someone or acted very aggressively.

The dogs live by some pretty tight rules. They must have muzzles on them and be on a leash that is no longer than three feet and controlled by an adult.

Annie Piper, a lead animal control officer, makes home visits to check on the animals.

She says it is a misconception that any one breed gets singled out for checks and restrictions.

“We don’t single out pit bulls. We have little, tiny white dogs, little Malteses that have been allowed to bite repeatedly,” said Piper.

She took a WCCO-TV crew along with her when she made her rounds.

“We have to protect people from a dog acting out so aggressively,” she said. “So, it doesn’t matter if you are an ankle biter or a very big dog that can knock me down or hurt me.”

Piper says one simple guideline can keep your dog off the animal control officials’ radar.

”If a dog is not allowed to go out and hurt someone, we are not going to visit them,” she said.

If you want to see learn more about Minneapolis’ rules for dangerous dogs, click on their website.

Comments (6)
  1. Elmo says:

    Sounds like the Cats have a Lobbyist at the Capital. The cats are typing names in the database as you read this.

  2. Ron says:

    Whatever happened to a trip behind the barn with a 12 guage. That is what we did with dogs that were biters.. Just shoot , shovel and shut up……

  3. pat says:

    Amen Ron, but then we wouldn’t need another public employee/union person to go out and say yup your dog drew blood now I can check up on you for the next 10 years and draw some pretty damn good pay. keep on biten doggies.

  4. thumbody says:

    Whats next kids? Another endless money stream!

  5. Pete says:

    I agree thumbody my brother knocked me down a few times!

  6. Elmo says:

    They must be using the Sex Offender Data Base, added a new tab to the program

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