President Joe Biden’s dog, Commander, was reportedly involved in several aggressive incidents at the White House, including one that resulted in a Secret Service agent being sent to the hospital.
Commander, a 22 months old German Shepherd, was involved in 10 biting incidents since late 2021, according to US Secret Service internal emails obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests by the conservative group Judicial Watch, and seen by CNN.
In one case, Commander clamped down on an officer’s arm and thigh which resulted in injuries so serious the officer was referred to a hospital for treatment.
The incident occurred on Nov. 3 while the officer was seated on a stairwell at the White House. According to the emails, Commander “came down the stairs and walked toward” the officer.
Unprovoked, Commander bit the officer on the arm and when the agent stood up he clamped down on his leg.
“WH medical treated the officer and made the decision to have [the victim] transported to [redacted] Hospital,” an officer at the Secret Service Joint Operations Center wrote in an email, according to the New York Post.
A White House spokesperson said in a statement that Commander will undergo additional training.
“The White House complex is a unique and often stressful environment for family pets, and the First Family is working through ways to make this situation better for everyone,” Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for the first lady said. “They have been partnering with the Secret Service and Executive Residence staff on additional leashing protocols and training, as well as establishing designated areas for Commander to run and exercise.”
“According to the Secret Service, each incident referenced was treated similarly to comparable workplace injuries, with relevant notifications and reporting procedures followed. 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 added.
Biden’s other dog, Major, was reportedly involved in similar incidents and was moved out the White House.
Biden told a friend that the alleged incident took place on the second floor of the White House and “the Secret Service are never up here.” Biden thought “somebody was lying about the way the incident had gone down.”