BRANSON, Mo. -- The New Year is bringing new changes for how animals are handled in the city of Branson.
For the first time in a decade, Branson will take over animal control services instead of the Taney County Health Department.
City leaders think that one of the things it will do is lead to a quicker response time to their calls.
In just a week, Branson's new animal control officers have already responded to some unusual calls. "So far, a camel bite and stray dog," says Officer Ashley Hurst.
"For the first time in more than 10 years, the city of Branson is actually taking over animal control," says Melody Pettit, spokesperson for the City of Branson.
Two full time officers will respond to animal calls during the day and will be on call at night.
"This means more accountability and customer service for the people who live here." Pettit says.
"Pretty much everything inside town involving animals we will respond to and that includes animals at venues such as theaters, the zoo," Hurst explains.
And for pets that run away in Branson, the new animal control officers will now be able to respond in a timely fashion. "Hopefully that means that people will be reunited with their loved ones, their pets faster."
Even though Branson now has its own animal control officers, impounded animals will still continue to be taken to the shelter on Critter Road in Hollister.
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