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Wadena County to register 'dangerous dogs'

Following a public hearing to consider new and increased fees to be collected by the county, Wadena commissioners voted to approve a schedule of fees to be paid by owners of "dangerous dogs," to comply with state requirements to register such dogs in the auditor-treasurer's office.

This category of dogs was defined by Minnesota Statute 347.50 as follows: "Dangerous dog" means any dog that has:

• without provocation, inflicted substantial bodily harm on a human being on public or private property;

• killed a domestic animal without provocation while off the owner's property; or

• been found to be potentially dangerous, and if after the owner has noticed the dog is potentially dangerous, the dog aggressively bites, attacks or endangers the safety of humans or domestic animals.

The new Wadena County requirement calls for the owner of a dangerous dog to come to the courthouse and register the dog, pay a fee of $50 for the first year and $25 per year after that, purchase a "dangerous dog" sign and display it outside the area the dog lives. A "dangerous dog" tag must also be placed on the dog's collar.

The dog must be confined in a "proper enclosure," as defined in the same statute.

Currently, the only known "dangerous dog" in Wadena County is living in a mobile home in Verndale.