Pet Regulations

The City of Columbus does not require a license for dogs. However, a rabies vaccination is required for dogs over six (6) months of age and owners must retain proof of the vaccination. Every dog must also be properly identified as per Chapter 4 of the Municipal Code, and animals must be confined to your property by training, fencing, leashing or other restraint. Please refer to the Municipal Code for these and other pet requirements.


Call Companion Animal Control at (715) 220-1332 or complete a contact form on the website

Established in 2011, Companion Animal Control serves more than 40 municipalities in Minnesota and Wisconsin across Anoka County, Ramsey County, Washington County, Pierce County & St. Croix County.  Companion Animal Control responds to hundreds of calls each year to help animals, working closely with law enforcement to keep your community safe by responding to pick up stray animals, investigate concerns of cruelty/neglect, nuisance complaints and dog bites. 

On the website you can find:

  • Photos of animals in our care
  • File a missing pet report
  • Steps to take if you’ve lost your pet
  • Steps to take if you’ve found an animal
  • Resources such as spay/neuter services
  • List of impound partners
  • How to help local rescue partners
Outside of normal office hours, please contact Anoka County Sheriff's non-emergency line at 763-427-1212.

PET COMPLAINTS: All complaints should be directed to Columbus City Hall at 651-464-3120.

NOTE: Anyone owning, having under their control, boarding or keeping on their property four (4) or more dogs over the age of six (6) months, must apply for a Dog Kennel Permit.

NON-DOMESTICATED PETS: Follow the link below to learn about keeping non-domesticated pets (such as horses, chickens, and goats) in the City of Columbus.