Joe and Jill Biden's German shepherds have been removed from the White House after the younger dog, Major, reportedly bit a security agent. The dogs have been sent back to the Biden family home in Wilmington, Delaware.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said “Major and Champ Biden, have been at least temporarily transferred from the White House -- to be cared for by family friends in Delaware -- after Major was involved in an "incident" on Monday, reacting in a way that caused a minor injury.”
The Bidens adopted three-year-old Major in 2018. He became the first dog from an animal shelter to live in the White House. The other dog, Champ, is 13.
"Champion 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," Psaki said at the daily press briefing.
"And on Monday, 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, which was handled by the White House Medical unit with no further treatment needed," she added.
She at first looked taken aback, but then responded firmly, when a reporter asked for assurance that Major would not be euthanized.
"Well, certainly, Major Biden is a member of the family, so I can assure you that," Psaki said.
Sean Sullivan, a White House reporter for The Washington Post, said on Twitter that Major had "nipped" a Secret Service agent's hand, citing a Secret Service official.
The official said that there was no bleeding or skin puncture, that the injury was "extremely minor", and that the agent continued their duties. There was said to be "a small mark on the agent's hand."
Source: Business Insider