City of Deer River Municipal Ordinances
7.207 Dangerous and Potentially Dangerous Dogs.
Subd. 1 Definitions.
(1) Dangerous Dogs. As used in this section, "dangerous dog" means any dog that has:
a. without provocation, inflicted substantial bodily harm on a person on public or private property;
b. killed a domestic animal without provocation while off the owners property;
c. been found to be potentially dangerous, and after the owner has notice that the dog is potentially dangerous, the dog aggressively bites, attacks, or endangers the safety of humans or domestic animals.
(2) Potentially Dangerous Dogs. As used in this section, "potentially dangerous dog" means any dog that:
a. when unprovoked, inflicts bites on a human or domestic animal on public or private property;
b. when unprovoked, chases or approaches a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public property in an apparent attitude of attack; or
c. has a known propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, causing injury or otherwise threatening the safety of humans or domestic animals.
(3) Owner. As used in this section, "owner" means any person, firm, corporation, organization, or department possessing, harboring, keeping, having an interest in, or having care, custody or control of a dog.
(4) Proper Enclosure. As used in this section, "proper enclosure" means securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure suitable to prevent the animal from escaping and providing protection from the elements for the dog. A proper enclosure does not include a porch, patio, or any part of a house, garage or other structure that would allow the dog to exit of its own volition, or any house or structure in which the windows are open or in which door or window screens are the only obstacles that prevent the dog from exiting.