Washington D.C. : US President Joe Biden’s two-year-old German Shepherd named ‘Commander’ has been removed from the White House after multiple biting incidents. Notably, a total of 11 biting incident have been reported in which Biden’s dog has bitten guards at either the White House or at the Biden’s family home.
The last biting incident was reported on September 25, in which ‘Commander’ had bitten US Secret Service agent.
Sharing information about the incident, United States Secret Service (USSS) chief of communications Anthony Guglielmi, as cited by CNN, said,” Around 8 pm, a Secret Service Uniformed Division police officer came in contact with a First Family pet and was bitten. The officer was treated by medical personnel on complex.”
The injured officer spoke with the Secret Service Uniformed Division Chief Alfonso M Dyson Senior on the next day of the incident and is doing okay, Guglielmi said.
In November 2022, a biting incident was reported where an officer was hospitalized after the ‘Commander’ clamped down on their arms and thighs, according to CNN reporting and US Secret Service email correspondence.
Earlier in July, White House officials said that the Bidens were working through new training and leashing protocols for the family pet following his attacks.
Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for the First Lady said in a statement, “The First Family continues to work on ways to help Commander handle the often unpredictable nature of the White House grounds.”
“The President and First Lady are incredibly grateful to the Secret Service and Executive Residence staff for all they do to keep them, their family, and the country safe,” she added.
Biden’s other dog, Major was also involved in biting incidents at the White House. The German Shepherd later moved out of the White House and Commander arrived at the White House in 2021, reported CNN.
However, the July email correspondence, obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests by the conservative group Judicial Watch, reflected 10 incidents.
In another incident in October, First Lady Jill Biden said, “couldn’t regain control” of the dog as it charged a member of Secret Service staff.”
(Inputs from ANI)