County animal control director is ready to go

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Bedford County's new animal control office is holding its open house 3-8 p.m. Thursday for anyone interested in touring the facility and meeting staff members. However, the office will not be officially open for business until Monday.

"The purpose of the Bedford County Animal Control agency is to collect and dispose of animals, limited to domestic dogs and cats, in a humane manner, by request of the citizens of Bedford County, excluding cities or towns. This collection is done for animals of known or unknown ownership, who pose a health threat or are running at large," state the approved regulations submitted by Animal Control Director Michael Gregory.

Gregory, a Bedford County native and Cascade High School graduate who holds a degree in animal science from Middle Tennessee State University, was chosen to fill the position in May. His credentials include technician at the former Shelbyville Veterinary Clinic from 1994-2002.

In setting up the rules and regulations, Gregory researched surrounding counties' programs and meshed the plans together to fit Bedford County's needs.

"Initially, we're starting out real simple," he said. "The office will be complaint driven, at first."