Animal Appeals Board

Animal Appeals Board

 

505.213 HEARING PROCEDURE

(a) All hearings requested pursuant to the provisions of Section 505.212 shall be conducted before the Animal Appeals Board. The Board shall be composed of the Safety Director, a doctor of veterinary medicine designated by the City Council, and a Bedford resident appointed by City Council. The Board may affirm, reverse or modify the finding that a dog is dangerous or vicious by a majority vote.

(b) A copy of the decision of the Board shall be served upon the person who made the written demand for the hearing, by certified mail with a return receipt requested. The decision of the Board shall be final and conclusive.

(c) All hearings held by the Board pursuant to this chapter shall be administrative in nature. At all hearings conducted pursuant to this section, any party may be represented by legal counsel. The rules of evidence utilized by the courts shall not be applicable in hearings before the Board. The Board is hereby empowered to subpoena witnesses and take testimony under oath.

(Ord. 7647-04. Passed 10-18-04.)