Major Biden is back in the doghouse after a Monday biting incident required a White House employee to get medical attention, two days later one of the dogs took a dump in front of the Diplomatic Room.
Biden’s dogs recently returned from exile in Delaware where they were trained for aggressive behavior, stemming from a March 9 incident when Major attacked a security staff member. The lessons clearly didn’t take, because Major “nipped” a second victim on March 29.
The National Park Service employee was attacked by Major while the German Shepard was out for a walk on the South Lawn, and the reported “nip” was serious enough to require attention from the White House medical unit.
“Yes, Major nipped someone on a walk. Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was seen by WHMU and then returned to work without injury,” commented the first lady’s press secretary Michael LaRosa.
Both Major and 14-year-old Champ are allowed to roam the White House freely, which after a second biting incident, makes the three-year-old pup a “known danger” according to injury lawyer Davis Cooper.
“The one feature of Washington, D.C. dog bite law, and it’s relevant to the Major Biden story, it’s called the one-bite rule,” Cooper commented. “If the dog bites someone after it has already shown that it will bite someone, then there is presumed negligence on the owner of the dog.”
Though Biden is sheltered from prosecution as president, “I believe it’s their duty to protect people from their dog,” Cooper said.
If the Bidens need another reason to keep their dogs on leash, one of them took a bathroom break inside the White House on Wednesday.
“Champ and Major were spotted in the hallway outside the Palm Room doors in front of the Diplomatic Room. There was dog poo on the floor. It’s unclear which dog was responsible for it,” according to CBS News reporter Kathryn Watson. It’s been a ruff week for the first dogs.