A community meeting for Mountain View's troublesome animal control ordinance is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Community Center, 201 South Rengstorff Ave.
City officials are seeking public input on the proposed ordinance, which ran afoul of many cat owners when it was brought to the City Council in June. Among other things, the proposed ordinance includes an annual rabies vaccination and license requirement for pet cats.
The ordinance, based on a model proposed by the city's new animal services provider, Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, got an initial vote of approval from the council, but members back-tracked after the ensuing public outcry.
Among the dozens of residents who protested to the council were several who said the ordinance would require they go against the advice of veterinarians, who recommend that indoor cats not be vaccinated for rabies.
Other topics covered by the ordinance include allowing dogs in city parks, how many animals are allowed per household and whether to use microchips or metal tags for pet licenses.
Residents can also make their opinions known via the city's online survey.
The community input will be presented to the City Council as part of a study session tentatively scheduled for Sept. 17, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, the police department's spokesman. A recommended ordinance is expected to go before the City Council later this year.