(ConcernedPatriot.com) – Between October 2022 and January 2023, President Joe Biden’s dog, Commander, is said to have bitten Secret Service personnel up to ten times.
Documents from the Department of Homeland Security were made available due to a FOIA request by the right-wing watchdog group Judicial Watch.
A Secret Service agent had to visit the hospital after an incident involving the dog.
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The Associated Press reports:
“On Nov. 3, 2022, a Secret Service official emailed colleagues that Commander had bitten a uniformed officer twice — on the upper right arm and thigh. Staff from the White House medical unit treated the officer and decided to have the individual taken to a hospital.
A captain of the Uniform Division emailed later that day that he had been advised that Commander was up to date on his vaccinations.”
A note the following day added details about the attack, including that the officer who was bitten used a steel cart to protect himself from another attack.
The officer was later placed on several days of restricted duty based on doctors’ advice.
“The White House may be a “unique and frequently stressful environment” for pets, according” to Elizabeth Alexander, first lady Jill Biden’s communications director, who also stated that the Biden family was “working through ways to make this situation better for everyone.”
“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,” Alexander said.
Karine Jean-Pierre on Biden's dog, Commander, who has a problem biting people: "The White House complex can be unique and very stressful" pic.twitter.com/PSxTtdZEae
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“The department, a division of DHS, “failed to respond adequately” to the group’s request for records regarding incidences of the purebred German Shepherd biting in December,” the group claimed in its lawsuit.
The group claimed to have requested a report about Commander’s conduct.
Biden’s second dog, Commander, has aggressively bitten Secret Service agents and White House employees.
After those instances, they ultimately sent the dog, a German shepherd named Major, to reside with friends in Delaware.
The White House and the Secret Service seemed to downplay the matter. Still, the most recent occurrences make many wonder why the Bidens brought a new German shepherd to the presidential home and why the attacks persisted.
According to Anthony Guglielmi, top spokesperson for the organization, the Secret Service has been considering the best ways to handle household pets.
He said the agency takes the “safety and well-being of our employees extremely seriously.”
“As such, we are aware of past incidents involving first-family pets and these instances were treated similarly to comparable workplace injuries, to include with relevant notifications and reporting procedures followed,” he said.
“While special agents and officers neither care for nor handle the first family’s pets, we continuously work with all applicable entities to minimize adverse impacts in an environment that includes pets,” Guglielmi added.
The household pets are typically taken care of by the chief groundskeeper of the White House.
This is the second time a dog belonging to the Biden family has reportedly attacked Secret Service agents.
According to sources, Major, a German Shepherd dog owned by the president then, was reportedly involved in two severe biting episodes in 2021.
A year later, some Secret Service personnel asserted that the White House had exaggerated the events to lessen their significance.
The documents, which Judicial Watch obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), showed that the Secret Service attempted to downplay events and even scolded one of the agents for outlining the attack out of concern that it might upset the Biden family.
According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, one dog attack allegedly occurred in March 2021 after Major was “surprised by an unfamiliar person.”
“The first family’s younger dog, Major, was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual,” Psaki acknowledged.
According to the extensively redacted incident report, the bite happened about 7:00 a.m. in the White House residential section on the second floor next to first lady Jill Biden’s office.
Major barked aggressively at [the agent] without notice or provocation and then charged,” the complaint stated. The agent turned away from the dog as it bit into his right leg since he had no time to find cover from the attack.
Later that day, David Cho, then-President Biden’s top security guard, wrote in an email: “Major bit one of the agents this morning. Although the agent has bruises and a puncture, she is in good condition.
According to reports, Major bit the agent twice. Pictures of the wounds were redacted in the report except for one that showed the agent’s torn wool overcoat.
Commander, the Bidens' German Shepard, bit or attacked Secret Service agents stationed at the White House 10 times in a four-month period, records show. Another one of the Bidens' dogs, Major, also bit Secret Service personnel and was sent to live with friends in Delaware. pic.twitter.com/6LmOQNc1J0
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