Curb your cougar: Manchester's animal control
But attacks by supposedly domesticated animals, of whatever breed, can be as dangerous as the occasional (pick one) cougar, mountain lion or bobcat meandering through neighborhoods. They are a danger not just to other pets but to humans, big and small, and they need to be investigated and corrected.
If it is true that a woman was told by police that her problem with a neighbor's pit bull was a 'dog-on-dog' situation and would not be responded to over the weekend, that was probably not the wisest police reaction. 'Dog-on-dog' can easily lead to 'owner vs. owner' and with the caller now armed with a knife and a nine-iron (good club, that), tension mounts.
A second animal officer for a city of Manchester's size is a good thing. And please spare us the comparison to school contracts. Keeping the peace has its place, no matter other issues.