Major, one of President Joe Biden’s German shepherds, has bitten a second person at the White House.
Major “nipped someone while on a walk” on Monday, first lady Jill Biden’s press secretary, Michael LaRosa said. The animal “is still adjusting to his new surroundings,” he added.
According to LaRosa, the person bitten by the dog was seen by the White House medical unit “out of an abundance of caution” and returned to work without injury.
It is the second time in a month that the dog has bitten someone on the White House grounds. On March 8, Major bit a Secret Service employee at the White House. That person was treated by the White House medical team.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki referred to the Secret Service employee’s injury as “minor,” and said the dog was still “getting acclimated and accustomed to their surroundings and new people.”
Both Major, and Biden’s other German shepherd, Champ, were sent to Biden’s Delaware home for a few weeks after the first biting incident.
Biden said in an interview after the first biting incident that the dog was receiving training while in Delaware.
“You turn a corner, and there’s two people you don’t know at all. And (Major) moves to protect,” Biden said. “But he’s a sweet dog. Eighty-five percent of the people there love him. He just — all he does is lick them and wag his tail. But ... I realize some people, understandably, are afraid of dogs to begin with.”