JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. (CBS Seattle) — An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts.

Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.

“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”

The woman told the dispatcher that Bellah previously attacked her and left her hospitalized a few weeks prior to the latest incident. The dispatcher stayed on the phone with the woman for more than 10 minutes before the sexual assault took place.

“Once again it’s unfortunate you guys don’t have any law enforcement out there,” the dispatcher said, according to Oregon Public Radio.

The woman responded: “Yeah, it doesn’t matter, if he gets in the house I’m done.”

Police say Bellah choked the woman and sexually assaulted her. He was arrested by Oregon State Police following the incident.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t have another victim,” Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilberson told Oregon Public Radio. “If you don’t pay the bill, you don’t get the service.”

The sheriff’s department had to cut 23 deputies and the entire major crimes unit after it lost a multi-million dollar federal subsidy, according to Oregon Public Radio. There are now only six deputies left.

The sheriff’s department even put out a press release warning domestic violence victims to “consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services.”

Bellah pleaded guilty to kidnapping, sex abuse and assault.

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Comments (119)
  1. Get a GUN & the next time he shows up to beat you up or worse, shoot him dead as soon as he has FORCED his way in.
    Make him FORCE his way in or they might claim you weren’t in danger.

    We don’t have Law enforcement here either so everyone in my area has a UNLOCKED & LOADED GUN !
    I had to use MY GUN to chase off a home invader this winter, lucky for him, I didn’t have to shoot him, the guy was a bumbling IDIOT not worth the lead.
    He was very lucky I didn’t panic & shoot him when he called out to me from my dark kitchen & as I had the hammer back, my finger was on the trigger & the gun was aimed at him.
    The next guy might not be so lucky because if he had come at me, he would be 6 feet under now.

    GET A GUN, LEARN HOW & WHEN TO USE IT & KEEP IT LOADED!

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