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Reporting Animal Issues

A Brief Summary of East Bethel’s Dog Ordinances
Any dog that is off the premise of the owner and not under restraint is considered AT LARGE. If you have a dog that you let run, and the dog leaves your property, you are in violation of city ordinance.

No dog shall be allowed by its owner to run at large. The police or agent of the city will pick up and impound any dog found in violation of this section. If you see a dog running at large and can’t contain the dog, please contact the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 763-427-1212
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If you contact the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office to dispatch a deputy to the area of a reported dog running at large, the deputy will be instructed to issue a citation to the dog owner, once the dog has been restrained.    


Whenever a dog is taken off the property of the owner, the handler of the dog must pick up the dog excrement, unless the handler of the dog has the express approval of the property owner to leave the excrement. The police or agent of the city shall pick up and impound any dog found in violation of this ordinance.

It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, have in possession, or harbor any animal which frequently and habitually howls, yelps, barks, or otherwise causes serious annoyance or disturbance to persons or to the neighborhood as indicated in the city ordinance.

For further information, please click on the link for the East Bethel City Code – Chapter 10, Animals.



Impounded, Lost or Found Dogs

Tammy Gimpl, dba Gratitude Farms, is the City of East Bethel’s Animal Control Officer. Her hours of operation are 24/7 and appointments can be arranged by telephone. Ms. Gimpl can be reached at 763-331-2275.

If a dog at large is contained, please call Animal Control and the Animal Control Officer will come to pick up the dog. Animal Control will only pick up dogs.

If an animal is picked up by the Animal Control Officer or the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and impounded at Ms. Gimpl’s location at 22359 Bataan St. NE, East Bethel, MN 55011, the owner has five (5) calendar days to claim the animal. As Ms. Gimpl is available on a daily basis, business days and calendar days are one and the same. If the animal is unclaimed after the five day hold period, the animal becomes the property of the Animal Control Officer and will be donated to a recognized animal rescue organization or adopted directly to any private party at the Animal Control Officer’s discretion. No impounded animal may be sold without the express written permission of the city. No animals impounded as part of this contract may be euthanized, except in the case where the animal’s welfare and quality of life are adversely affected and at the written advice of a veterinarian licensed in the State of Minnesota.

The following is the 2018 Fee Schedule for Animal Control Services

Animal Owner Charges if Animal is claimed:
$50.00 one-time administrative handling fee per animal
$25.00 daily board fee, statutory veterinary services at cost

City Charges if Animal is unclaimed:
$50.00 one-time administrative handling fee per animal
$25.00 daily board fee, statutory veterinary services at cost

Call out and Patrol service fee:
$60.00/hour for call out or patrol services between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
$80.00/hour for call out or patrol services between the hours of 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.
(Call out and patrol services shall be billed in quarter hour increments.)

Contractor Consulting Services:
$75.00/hour

Posting of lost dogs will be on the Gratitude Farms website and Facebook. Other contacts for lost dogs are:

  • Anoka County Sheriff’s Office,763-427-1212
  • City of East Bethel, 763-367-7840
  • Anoka County Humane Society, 763-862-4030

Prior to the release of any impounded dog, the Animal Control Officer will require that the owner provide a valid city animal license, owner’s driver's license and/or a state issued identification card, and a copy of the current rabies vaccination certificate for the dog. This information and payment of fees is required for the release of the animal.

Currently, all payments are required to be in cash or any suitable arrangement between the Animal Control Officer and the animal owner.

If you need assistance with a domestic animal such as a dog or a cat, you need to call East Bethel’s Animal Control Officer. She can help you with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, spay and neuter programs, vaccinations, licenses, pet adoption, bite reports, lost pets, and to report neglected or abused animals.

For questions or concerns involving animal issues contact East Bethel’s Animal Control Officer, Tammy Gimpl, at 763-331-2275.