The two-year-old puppy has been confirmed to have bitten at least twelve people, according to Secret Service Reports, but several sources have indicated that the real number is much higher.
Joe Biden’s German Shepherd Commander Removed From White House Amid More Biting Allegations
Unfortunately, it looks like Joe Biden’s two-year-old German Shepherd puppy was forced to leave the White House after he bit more than twelve employees and Secret Service agents. However, sources have told CNN that the real number of people that have been bitten by Commander is actually much higher.
On Thursday, October 5, sources told the Daily Mail that the Biden family decided to re-home yet another German Shepherd due to aggressive incidents. One insider told the outlet that one of the bites was so severe that the staff member had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment.
This news comes only one day after CNN revealed that two independent sources indicated that there had been more biting incidents than actually reported. In a statement, the Communications Director for the First Lady, Elizabeth Alexander, told CNN, “The President and First Lady care deeply about the safety of those who work at the White House and those who protect them every day.”
“They remain grateful for the patience and support of the U.S. Secret Service and all involved, as they continue to work through solutions,” she continued. “Commander is not presently on the White House campus while the next steps are evaluated.”
On Monday, the White House claimed that Commander had previously targeted members of the Secret Service due to their “unfriendly expressions,” but the Daily Mail revealed that the dog had bitten another staff member less than two weeks ago. This 71-year-old staff member was reportedly not a part of the security team and had only been playing with the dog.
Commander Photographed Biting White House Staff Member By Gift Shop Tourist
Photos obtained by the Daily Mail showed the dog biting the wrist of the superintendent of the White House grounds, Dale Haney, on September 13. The shocking photographs were reportedly taken by a tourist in the White House gift shop who just wanted to snap a few photos of Biden’s dog on the grounds.
The visitor, who asked not to be identified in the outlet’s report, recalled, “I was really just wanting to take pictures of the dog, it’s the next best thing to seeing the president after all.”
“Commander was bouncing around. He seemed very lively, high-spirited, and playful. He’s a good-looking dog,” they recalled. “I only realized he had actually bitten the groundskeeper who was out there with him later when I saw the picture with his teeth quite clearly round the man’s wrist and arm.”
Haney had worked with the White House for over fifty years and had spent time with many Presidential pets in the past, including with Richard Nixon’s Irish Setter King Timahoe, according to the outlet. Haney had been photographed taking Commander for a walk without incident in August 2022.
This Is The Second German Shepherd That Has Had To Be Removed From The White House
The Biden family’s five-year-old rescue German Shepherd from a Delaware shelter, Major, had previously been removed from the White House after a series of incidents that involved biting both Secret Service agents and National Park Service employees.
Joe Biden eventually made the decision to rehouse Major with friends in Delaware, saying that he was a “sweet dog” by nature but that the “stress” of life in the White House proved too much for the dog to handle, as per the outlet.
Commander first arrived at the White House on December 20, 2021, as a birthday gift from James and Sara Biden, his brother and sister-in-law. However, reports of Commander biting members of the President’s staff began almost immediately, prompting White House officials to work on new training and leashing protocols in July.
Just last week, Elizabeth Alexander, Communications Director for the First Lady, released a statement about the dog, saying, “The First Family continues to work on ways to help Commander handle the often unpredictable nature of the White House grounds.”
Commander enjoyed his first trip to the beach. pic.twitter.com/EhP0fNqFIU
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 2, 2022
However, USSS agent Jonathan Wackrow told CNN last week that the dog’s penchant for biting White House employees was a “significant hazard” that had to be addressed. “There’s uniqueness here where it’s the residence of the president of the United States, but it’s also the workplace for hundreds, thousands of people,” he said.
“And you can’t bring a hazard into the workplace. And that’s what is essentially happening with this dog,” he continued. “One time you can say it’s an accident, but now multiple incidents, it’s a serious issue.”