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Opinion - June 21, 2013

Council needs to rethink animal control ordinance

by Christina Peck

Last year, the City of Mountain View awarded the city's contract for animal services to the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA). Animal services include the pickup of dead animals, animal control (animals running at large, vicious dogs, dog bites, barking dogs complaints), dog licensing, and the taking in and sheltering of stray animals. Prior to this, Mountain View contracted with Palo Alto Animal Services; SVACA became our shelter on November 2, 2012.

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Christina Peck, a Mountain View resident and founder of the Stanford Cat Network and Fat Cat Rescue, has been active in animal welfare for over 25 years.


Posted by Ana, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

I second the proposal for a working group of residents and established rescue groups to review the ordinance. This ordinance will affect a substantial number of residents directly and may even result in residents inevitably committing misdemeanor - a very serious consequence. Residents need to be able to give input so that the laws can be customized according to our needs and not what is convenient to an organization.

Posted by Denise, a resident of another community
on Jul 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Without a doubt, I too, support the proposal for a working group of residents and established rescue groups to review this ordinance and any other ordinances proposed. The MV City Council needs to be transparent at all times. "Sneaky tactics" need to stop and any public notices need to be published in our own MV Voice in a timely manner, so the residents can stay abreast and active in the City of MV's activities. As MV residents we should never have to scramble and rush to uncover the truth of what is happening in our own town by our own representatives. The MV City Council needs to work with the public it promised to represent.

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