A pet owner has been issued a citation and his two canines will likely be the subject of a dangerous dog hearing after the animals allegedly threatened a woman in a boat and bit a police officer.

On Friday, officers with the Wareham Department of Natural Resources were dispatched to the area of Pinehurst Drive for a report of two loose dogs acting aggressively. A woman in a small boat had called to say she was attempting to come to shore, but could not due to threatening behavior from the dogs.

As an officer attempted to secure the dogs, they became aggressive, the WDNR said on Facebook. The dogs circled the officer and tried to bite him, forcing the officer to physically strike the dog in self-defense. The dogs retreated but returned again and bit the officer in the leg before running off.

The owner was located and eventually took control of the loose dogs, the WDNR said. The owner was issued a citation for loose and unlicensed dogs. In addition, the Board of Selectmen will be asked to hold a dangerous dog hearing. The officer received minor injuries, but no further medical treatment was necessary.

Local officials reminded dog owners that there is a leash law in Wareham. Licensing can be completed at the Wareham Town Clerk's Office.

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