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Detroit Native Named Head of Animal Management & Welfare

Dr. Kati Wrubel, Ph.D. has been named to replace Richard Havens as the new director of Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare.

On Tuesday, the City of Amarillo announced the selection of Wrubel to head Amarillo’s animal welfare programs. Wrubel is coming to Amarillo from Michigan, holding a PhD in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Texas-Austin. Wrubel has experience as an animal behaviorist, neuroscientist and consultant, and has served on the ASPCA AntiCruelty Behavior Team.

In a statement, Wrubel said she is excited to come to Amarillo and looks forward to the “possibilities and future” of the department.

“I am thrilled to be in Amarillo,” Wrubel said. “I look forward to the opportunity to build bridges with the community, and to continue the progress that is being made at Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare. I am excited about the possibilities and the future of AAMW.”

Wrubel will begin her role this week, officials say.

Photo by City of Amarillo

Photo by City of Amarillo

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