by Tim Church


BRANSON, Mo. – The City of Branson announces the hiring of two Animal Control Officers for the Taney County Animal Control.

As of January 1st, the Branson assumed animal control services for all animal related calls within the city limits. Additionally Taney County will be in charge of maintaining the animal shelter. Prior to this year, these services had been handled by the Taney County Health Department.

The two new hires will be assigned to day shifts from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., for coverage seven days a week. For after-hours responses, Branson Police Officers will be dispatched to determine whether they can handle the call or if Animal Control will need to be brought in.

According to a press release, city official’s share they have already had a busy week responding to several calls, including a call where one individual was bit by a camel.

Impounded animals will continue to be taken to the shelter located on Critter Road in Hollister. For emergency calls, residents should utilize 911 to summon immediate help. For non-emergencies, the public can contact dispatch at the Branson Police Department.