President Joe Biden faces growing pressure to train his aggressive pet canine to be more obedient after Washington officials reported a second dog bite.
Multiple Biden administration employees have suffered bites at the hands of the president’s male German shepherd.
The pet called Major allegedly thought it would be a good idea to sink his teeth into a National Park Service (NPS) worker on the White House South Lawn on March 29.
“Yes, Major nipped someone on a walk,” First Lady press secretary Michael de Rosa said in a statement obtained by Fox News.
The incident forced the White House Medical Unit (WHMU) to examine the NPS employee inside of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Health professionals eventually granted the civil servant permission to return to duties after finding no evidence of rabies or other dog-transmitted diseases.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was seen by WHMU and then returned to work without injury,” Psaki said.
The Democrat defended Major’s hostile reaction to the NPS worker as a teething issue.
“Major is still adjusting to his new surroundings and he nipped someone while on a walk,” de Rosa said.
The same dog previously bit a White House security officer at the beginning of March and forced the White House to temporarily relocate Major and fellow canine, Champ, to the Biden property in Deleware.
“Champ and Major, the president and first lady’s dogs–members of the family–are still getting acclimated and accustomed to their new surroundings and new people,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in an earlier statement.
Psaki suggested the security officer was partly to blame for not allowing the animal to settle down before moving around the room.
“Major, was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual, which was handled by the WHMU with no further treatment needed,” she said.
At the time, the Biden’s thought sending the dogs away for relatives to care for them would help them get used to living in Washington. However, this strategy proved to be ineffective at preventing further bites.
“It had been previously planned already for the dogs to be cared for by family friends in Delaware during Dr. Biden’s travels to military bases,” said Psaki. “The dogs will [eventually need to be reunited with both President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, so they will] return to the White House soon.”