Dogs quarantined after unprovoked attack in Wareham

May 08, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Department of Natural Resources These two dogs are under quarantine after attacking a woman walking near the Papermill Cranberry Bogs.

The Wareham Department of Natural Resources has located the owners of two dogs that attacked a woman unprovoked, and the animals will be quarantined for 10 days.

The victim, who is not being identified, was walking near the Papermill Cranberry Bogs in West Wareham on May 7 when two loose dogs bit the victim’s leg and arm. After, the owner took control of the dogs and left the area without speaking with the victim.

The victim was treated at Tobey Hospital and released. The victim underwent rabies treatment as a precaution because the dogs hadn't been located yet.

Following an investigation by the Department of Natural Resources with help from the public, the owners, Laura and Paul Geigle of West Wareham, were located. Both dogs are licensed and current with their vaccines.

Per state policy, the dogs will be kept under in-house quarantine for 10 days. In addition to the mandatory quarantine, the owners were issued a leash law violation and officials asked them to take measures to better secure the animals.

Comments (34)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 08, 2018 09:02

Disgusting irresponsible dog owner!


She fled the scene to obviously protect her dogs and herself!  No 911 call.  No help.  I have never heard of such a thing! How can anyone leave an injured person behind?  Only in Wareham!  Channel 5 is at the police station now, bringing us more great bad publicity!


When they find her they should euthanize her first!  Then euthanize her dangerous pitbulls second!


Oh yea...gotta love the "Pitbull-mix" description.  That's like saying the kid shot up the school with an "assault weapon-like rifle".  Gimme a break!  Pitbull blood makes dangerous and unpredictable dogs.  Thats a fact.  If they weren't, all the pitbull lovers wouldn't be defending them after every attack.  There's the statements like "it's not the dog's fault because the owner didn't train them"...yea right...because they are inherently dangerous!  Then there's the statement "all dogs attack".  True, but that's a funny one!  I'll bet this poor woman would have much rather been nipped by a Beagle that mauled by a Pitbull!


I can hardly wait for all the dog people and Pitbull lovers to start defending the Pitbulls!



Posted by: Curiouscat | May 08, 2018 10:00

I believe there are no bad dogs, only bad owners and this one takes the cake.  If I were her I would do the right thing and turn myself in before the police showed up on my doorstep. 

Posted by: gottahaveit | May 08, 2018 10:06

WBTS, you are the human version of an attack dog.

You sit in front of your screen and attack everything you don't agree with.  Mainly about  minorities and the "thugs of Wareham", and of course all the "section 8 losers" oh and of course the people that live in subsidised housing.

I have witnessed your commets for about two years now and am absolutely disgusted with your opinions, which are the lowest form of a comment/conversation.

You never have anything positive, uplifting or uniting to say.  Did your parents not teach you if you have  nothing nice to say to keep your mouth shut?

You have offended many many people and their families with your violent and discriminating comments.  You think Wareham is the only town with drug and crime problems? This behavior happens in every neighborhood in every town, even in your neighborhood.

I encourage you to help your fellow humans/neighbors.  Say/do something nice for someone you normally wouldn't. Be a part of a positive movement to make Wareham better because what you do on this platform(that you so cleverly hide behind) with your words is more destructive than you may know.

Maybe you won' be so sour.

P.s.  I would rather come across a pitbull than you anyday!!!! ☯️

Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 08, 2018 10:09

Pit bulls should be banished from Wareham. There is not one pit bull that can be trusted. Its a matter of when and not if it will attack. Woman who owns them is a loser thug.

Posted by: cranky pants | May 08, 2018 10:33

Well this should be a no-brainer to figure out. Go check the records and see who has two dogs that match the description and are registered and vaccinated in that area...

We all have our dogs registered, right ?

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 08, 2018 10:49

Wow Gottahaveit- I must have struck a nerve!  Geeze Louise! What does all that have to do with dangerous dogs?


Were you yesterday at 5pm?  Were you out walking your dogs near the cranberry bogs off Papermill Road?


Like others that give me a hard time, you are confusing and combining comments and blaming it all on me.  I don't ever recall typing the word thug or stating anything about minorities.  I comment on the actions of people in general.  Some of the worst on here are not minorities so I have no idea how you came up with that?


Yes I've made positive comments.  Some are currently in here right now.  You must read selectively.  Certainly no, the never-ending supply of stupid embarrassing news does not "happen everywhere"!  Why do people say that?  For crying out loud!  Look around...take off the rose colored glasses!


If you don't like what you've witnessed for 2 years, don't read them.  Nobody is forcing you.  If you don't like what's on the TV, change the channel.


I highly doubt any of the people I've commented about have ever read this little online comment section.  I'm quite certain that nothing is as detrimental as you say it is.  Most of them probably can't read and can't afford the internet.  HaHa...see...that was a facetious statement.  Do you really take that sarcasm seriously?  If so, you need a big chill pill.  You and a few others!


Have a great day!

Posted by: gottahaveit | May 08, 2018 11:38

WBTS.  At 5 pm yesterday I was working at a wonderful job making people feel good about themselves, because that' what I do for a living.

You don' strike a nerve and your comments don't bother me at all.  However to be a part of A SOULUTION is not to take people down and focus on all the negative. Maybe the West side needs a little sprinkle of positive fairy dust.

May your day be brighter

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 08, 2018 11:53

WBTS , there’s an old saying “ The Truth Hurts” ... Some folks like wearing Rose Colored glasses .

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 08, 2018 12:55

Gottahaveit - if WBTS wasn't somewhat of a persona you'd be onto something.  I love Wareham and wish we didn't have all the issues.  I get a kick out of expressing my perspective the way I do.  I'm surprised how some get it and some don't.  I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I'm amused at how lathered up some get over online comments within a small select group.   That's never my intent.  I do it more out of frustration than anything else. You are not the first one that I've explained this to.  Sometimes the negative comments are exhausting to write!  That's why I do balance with positive.  Yes, I do write positive comments.   And yes, thanks, Tinkerbell is alive in my family!


Swifts- yea...there's a fine line between being positive and being unrealistic.  I can't tell myself that something isn't what it really is.

Posted by: Duffman | May 08, 2018 14:50

There is no such thing as a bad dog. Just bad owners. Some dogs require more training and attention than others. When an owner ignores a dog or doesn't give them proper training any breed will act inappropriately. I don't understand how a person can walk away after an attack like that. It gives lots of responsible dog owners a bad name.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 08, 2018 15:23 an extent...My kid will be getting his license soon. Should I get him a 4 cylinder Toyota Camry or a 600 horsepower Dodge Challenger HellCat?  Which car is less likely to result in an accident or a speeding ticket regardless of the driver?  Which car is safer?  There's a little more leeway in the Camry...right?  Same with dogs.  Which dog is safer? A beagle is much less dangerous than a pitbull regardless of the owner.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 08, 2018 15:47

WBTS , I love it when I hear people say it happens everywhere... NO IT DOESNT .... I love your comments keep it up

Posted by: Phredzzz | May 08, 2018 17:10

Wait for the first incident like this to happen at the proposed Dog-Park and the Town Taxpayers are held liable for a Bazillion Dollar Lawsuit !! Don't ever say the warning signs were NOT mentioned and then ignored.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 08, 2018 19:55

Just a 10 day quarantine and a leash violation?  Doesn't even seem like a slap on the wrist.  Why didn't Laura Geigle get charged with leaving the scene or something?  She fled the scene after her dogs attacked a woman!!!  What about common decency?  I guess it's not a crime to be an awful person.

Posted by: Peaches0409 | May 08, 2018 21:31

WBTS, don’t worry...when they get sued their insurance company will take care of punishing them. I’ve heard these dogs have been an issue before. What do think are the chances their insurer knew about them. I’m going out on a limb and guessing ZERO!

Posted by: Rosebud | May 09, 2018 08:36

You have to wonder why most of the dog attack incidents we read about involve pitbulls.  With all of the other breeds of dogs (and those who need adopting), I think a ban on pitbulls is a good idea.

Posted by: WWareham resident | May 09, 2018 08:55

This is sickening. That bog is behind my house and I walk my dog there all the time. I cannot believe she's not being charged with something for fleeing the scene and not assisting that poor woman who was attacked by her dogs.


I'm not for a ban on pit bulls, I've know more sweet and gentle pit bulls than I have aggressive ones. I am 100% for enforcement of the leash laws though. Too many people think there dog is perfectly behaved and doesn't need a leash until something like this happens. Unfortunately the owners have no penalties so doubtful they've learned a lesson at all.

Posted by: WWareham resident | May 09, 2018 08:55

This is sickening. That bog is behind my house and I walk my dog there all the time. I cannot believe she's not being charged with something for fleeing the scene and not assisting that poor woman who was attacked by her dogs.


I'm not for a ban on pit bulls, I've know more sweet and gentle pit bulls than I have aggressive ones. I am 100% for enforcement of the leash laws though. Too many people think there dog is perfectly behaved and doesn't need a leash until something like this happens. Unfortunately the owners have no penalties so doubtful they've learned a lesson at all.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 09, 2018 10:30


This Boston Fox 25 report does mention that a dangerousness hearing is pending and that the owner may face charges.


A similar thing happened last summer down Swifts/Hamilton.  A 5 year old girl was playing on a private beach.  An unleashed pitbull mix (as they called it) ran onto the beach and straight for the child!  The child turned away and the dog bit her from behind as her family watched in horror!  Imagine if she didn't turn and the dog got her in the face!  The owner eventually followed.  She took some responsibility but gave little reassurance that she could control the dog.  She got the same slap on the wrist 10 day quarantine and was ordered to fix her fence and muzzle the dog when walking it.  Yea, right!  Within a week the dog was loose again with the owner showing a paltry effort to find it by driving around looking with her car.  She's been seen walking the dog unmuzzled several times since the incident.  Some people have no business owning a dangerous dog.  And now its a shame that an entire neighborhood is on edge due to her irresponsibility!

Posted by: WWareham resident | May 09, 2018 14:22

WBTS it blows my mind that these crazed dogs always go for the face, I wonder why that is? Anyway, leash laws need to be enforced much more because if it's  it here it's somewhere else that someone is attacked by a dog.

Our current pup is our 2nd rescue black lab mix. #1 was 12 weeks old when we adopted him or he actually picked me if I'm going to be honest. He was a black lab /German Sheppard mix and wound up at 125lbs and he was the runt of his litter but the most sweet and gentle dig ever. In the almost 10 years he was with us he never once growled or showed his teeth or aggressive behavior. Damn cancer took him from us before his 10th birthday but even with how sweet he was he was always on leash when not in my fenced yard.


Our current is also a rescue but came to us as a foster and never left. He was 4 years old and had failed out of 2 homes with young children and he's got some behavior issues because of that. Based on my observations I really feel that the family or families who had him before hit him or even worse, kicked him. He's also a black lab mix but I think it's some type of terror mix but I digress, he doesn't like children at all so I don't bring him near any kids. When he does get close he'll growl, bark and in worst case scenario he'd snap and literally go for the face, scary stuff but I'm committed to trying to get him under control and be happy. I'd never give up on him he's my boy now that Rocco has passed.

The point is whenever we leave the house he's leashed and with a martingale collar that sinches up so he can't slip out of it. I know how he is and unfortunately unlike my old best buddy, he needs to be watched closely when out in public but he's an amazing, sweet and loving dog in most other scenarios.


That woman needs to face some kind of charges especially for taking the dogs and leaving. How does any human being watch their dogs attack another and not do anything at all to find out if they're OK?? I don't get it.. .

Posted by: Uptohere | May 09, 2018 16:25

No where have i read that these dogs are Pitt except from uninformed comments.  And if i missed it im sure it will be pointed out to me. The blame lays squarely on the owners. A "Pitt bull" does not even exist. They are a terrier breed, so lets ban all terriers. Or Shepards, labs, all small dogs since they are more prone to be nervous and snippy. Or we focus on the real issues and thats the actions of bad owners.

Posted by: Garry B. | May 09, 2018 18:28

Hi everyone, the original verbal description we received was a Pitbull mix.  It was used as just a description and not a confirmation of breed.  It appears to be more of a lab mix now that we know the dogs.  I have to stress that this is still a very active investigation and we are continuing to work with all parties involved.

Posted by: WWareham resident | May 10, 2018 06:55

Everyone look at the picture. The squareish head and barrel chest, those dogs do have pit bull in them possibly mixed with lab but those features are unmistakable.

I still stand by my first comment though, I've known more sweet and gentle pit bulls than I have aggressive ones. I also think these are the dogs that go absolutely bat crap crazy when someone enters the bog. I walk my dog in that bog often since it's behind my home.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | May 10, 2018 09:19

They could have required quarantine at a facility where the dogs’ behavior could be observed. Why give them back for home quarantine to owners already known to not observe the law?

When my well-immunized dogs got into a tussel with a skunk in my own fenced yard, quarantine was 45 days.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | May 10, 2018 09:27

Rather than complain online, attend any hearings on this issue and speak up. Pack the courtroom. Call WPD if you see a violation. WBTS’s report of the issue with the 5 year old is disturbing at best.

WWR a dog in attack is not going for the face, they are going for the throat for the kill.

Posted by: Theresa ONeill | May 10, 2018 09:58

Pitbulls are bread to inflict an awesome amount of damage when they bite. Because of this they should not be allowed in residential neighborhoods and anyone that owns one should be required to have a special kennel (a cube so they cant dig under to get out), wear muzzles, and kept away from the public. So sick of hearing stories of children mauled to death while the owners say “this never happeened before.” Dogs are not people. I understan people love their pets. But the rest of us should not be put in harms way because owners want to walk around with the equivalent of a loaded gun. Wareham has leash laws and dogs are not allowed on the beaches but you wouldnt know that based in the dogs seen running all over Onset and other beaches in town. Please enforce the law and increase the fines to dog owners who don’t obey. I hope the woman who was bitten files both a civil and criminal complaint against the selfish and irresponsible owners if these two dogs. And all of you who say it is not the dogs’s fault - you are correct - not blaming the dogs. It is the selfish, irresponsible owners who choose to have dangerous dogs as pets then subject everyone else to their stupidity and neglect.

Posted by: Uptohere | May 11, 2018 11:06

What i see is a lot of running off at the type from people that are clueless to fact. A "pitbull" is not a breed but a combo of other breeds. And most of those fall under Terriers. So lets ban all terriers. These are lab mixes. And that mix could be anything.  But you need to ban all small dogs since they are more likly to bite to bigger dogs. And don' forget Shepards and retrievers, you need to ban them also.

Posted by: cranky pants | May 11, 2018 14:07

I've been aground a few biting cats too, so let's ban any animal with more than three legs.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | May 13, 2018 08:43

Remember folks that Wareham has no facility for holding animals. We have a part-time ACO. Add that to the “stuff other towns have and we do not” list.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | May 14, 2018 12:40

We have a very strict leash law here in our complex. Recently, and they were a very nice young couple, he brought his dog out with no leash. A lady was walking her dog, and he attacked her dog, the guy apologized grabbing his dog, and bringing him back inside. Not over yet, the little dog on the leash required about 600 dollars at the vets for stiches, and minor surgery. He repaid the lady for the services, and when the month ended he and his wife were packing as they got thrown out of the complex. Apparently after this incident their dog was seen again without a leash, here its 2 strikes and you are out. the first incident is a 250 dollar fine.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | May 14, 2018 12:44

PS, we live in a very pet friendly community. We have 3 fenced in "dog park" type areas where you can take your dog and unleash them, there are doggie bag poles all over the place, with a dispenser that maintenance empties and always makes sure there are plenty of doggies bags. If you get caught not picking up after your pet, 1st offense 100, 2cnd offense 250,, third offense eviction. So while very pet friendly, the owner place the responsibility on the owners, not the pets.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | May 14, 2018 12:48

The other night I was walking Neiman (our Maltese) and out of one of the walkways come a sizeable Lab. No leash came running at Neiman, I was able to grab Neiman before he got there, then the owner came around the corner, a young guy, and I told him he should have his dog on a leash, he told me to f off. I just turned and continued walking Neiman, next day he had a nice bill to pay for 100. I'll bet by the end of June he is out of here. I don't think the Lab would have bit Neiman as they usually are pretty playful, but the point is there are rules and laws about leashes. You just never know. Now I will turn you back over to your regular scheduled programming LOL.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 14, 2018 14:25

Steve - glad that he got a $100 citation.  Fine or no fine, it's pretty rotten he said that to you and that it got to that point.  I've seen that same behavior in others.  Is it a "rules don't apply to my dog" thing?  Or is it a "my dog doesn't need a leash" thing?  Or are they just selfish and lazy?  Sadly I have a dog lover friend (not your guy, he's not from around here) that doesn't believe in leashes.  He sees it as a restraint that hinders freedom or something half witted like that.  Every time he comes over, his dog bolts into my not so friendly neighbors yard, relieves itself, and digs!  He says "he's fine, he won't hurt anyone, and I'll go take care of it".  Next he's over there with a plastic bag picking up poo, fixing the ground with his foot, while the dog continues running all over my neighbor's yard.  A big scene that could have been avoided.  He's totally unaware that it is not ok.  He fails to accept that not everybody wants a loose hyper dog in their yard.  I don't get it.  He'll defend it every time, saying how there was no harm done and how the dog is fine.  I dunno...

Posted by: Steve Holmes | May 15, 2018 10:16

WBTS you are right and folks like that have ruined it for all other responsible pet owners. Then they are the first ones to complain when restrictions are put in place. If everybody followed the rules there would not need to be so many restrictions. Im sure this guy bitched and moaned at the office as they were swiping his credit card. I was driving out yesterday and he had the dog on a leash. Again i dont think the Lab would have hurt Neiman but thats not the point.

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