One of President Joe Biden’s dogs bit yet another person early this week. The White House press pool reported on Wednesday, March 31, that there is a pile of doggy doo on the floor outside the Diplomatic Reception Room, which is located just off the South Lawn.
According to Michael LaRosa, a spokesperson for Jill Biden, the 3-year-old German shepherd “nipped someone while on a walk.” The unnamed individual was examined by White House medical staff and returned to work without injury.
Major was previously returned to Delaware after biting another individual while at the White House. The injury was identified as “minor” by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who also indicated that the dogs act worse when Jill Biden is not at the White House. They will go back to the family’s Delaware home until she returns.
Legal scholar Jonathan Turley explained that “In most states, the claimant could easily sue the Bidens.”
Many states either impose strict liability or have “hybrid” schemes that impose greater liability than the conventional “one free bite” law. The situation in Washington, D.C. is more complicated, as many clauses could be relevant. On the other hand, the area has regulations that hold people responsible if they let their dogs run loose before an accident. When a dog is allowed to run loose on a large government residence like the White House, this becomes a little more difficult.”
“As pool gathered to load in the vans on the South Lawn driveway, Champ and Major were spotted in the hallway outside the Palm Room doors in front of the Diplomatic Room,” according to the White House press pool, “There was dog poo on the floor. It’s unclear which dog was responsible for it.”
Before the first lady’s motorcade left on Wednesday, Champ and Major were spotted on the South Lawn. Major was restrained, but Champ was roaming freely.
Wednesday wasn’t the first time dog poop was discovered inside the White House.