Animal Shelter Advisory Board


  • At least 3 times a year

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Position Member Term Ends Contact Information
1 - Veterinarian
Dr. Susan Read - Chairperson September 30, 2022  
2 - Municipal Official         
Police Supervisor of Animal Control Permanent  
3 - Animal Control Supervisor
Animal Control Supervisor
4 - Animal Welfare Organization Michelle Watson September 30, 2021  
5 - General Public
Karen Killian September 30, 2022  
Staff Liaison Bobby LaPenna,  Police Captain N/A Email Bobby LaPenna
Phone: 817-952-2405
Council Liaison
Ruth Culver, Place 5 N/A Email Ruth Culver


The Animal Shelter Advisory Board Consists of 5 members as follows:
  • 1 licensed veterinarian
  • 1 municipal official
  • 1 person whose duties include the daily operation of the Animal Shelter
  • 1 representative from an animal welfare organization
  • 1 representative from the general public
The veterinarian member shall either be a resident of the city, operate a veterinarian business within the city, or conduct veterinarian services within the city. Except for the municipal employees, all members serve 2-year terms.


The Animal Shelter Advisory Board shall have the power and duties as set forth in the City of Bedford Code of Ordinances Section 18-25, Section 18-84 and Section 18-187, and as the City Council may from time to time impose upon the board.

Code of Ordinances - Section 18-25 - Animal Shelter Advisory Board
Code of Ordinances - Section 18-84 - Multi-Pet Permitting
Code of Ordinances - Section 18-187 - Review of Application