SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- A man and his dog were attacked by two pit bull terriers, a male and a female, just north of Springfield late Thursday afternoon. Greene County deputies had to lock up the male pit bull that was still on the scene when they arrived. Animal Control response changed January 1. With a $74,000 cut from the budget, that means there's no longer a full time Animal Control position for areas outside Springfield.
Deputies who were called out Thursday afternoon on the dog attack used the tools on hand.
"We don't have any equipment to deal with the angry dog. We have our sidearms, we have rifles, that sort of thing," said Greene County Sheriff's Dept. Capt. David Johnson.
Using their bare hands, they placed the male pit bull in a patrol car. Since January, Greene County Animal Control response isn't the same.
"He's on a call-out basis, so it could take anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour for him to respond out to a situation like this," said Johnson.