Well, it’s happened once again. For what is the 11th time now, a U.S. Secret Service agent was bitten by President Joe Biden’s 2-year-old German Shepherd dog, Commander.
Yet another Biden White House dog biting incident brings more concern for Republicans and healthcare professionals alike who are calling for better safety protocols to be implemented.
BREAKING: Joe Biden's younger dog, Commander, bit another US Secret Service agent. The 11th known biting incident involving the 2-year-old German Shepherd.
These people couldn’t raise their children right, is anyone surprised anymore that they can’t train their dogs? pic.twitter.com/l3F2JY2aIL
— I Meme Therefore I Am ???????? (@ImMeme0) September 26, 2023
According to a statement made by USSS Chief of Communications Anthony Guglielmi, “Yesterday around 8 p.m., a Secret Service Uniformed Division police officer came in contact with a First Family pet and was bitten. The officer was treated by medical personnel on complex.”
Thankfully, the injured officer is doing well after speaking with Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle on Tuesday morning, September 26.
Commander’s record shows that he has already been involved in 11 different biting incidents both at the White House and in Delaware – one of which was particularly severe as it required an officer to be hospitalized due to bites on their arms and thighs when Commander lunged at them in November 2022.
Major, President Joe Biden’s other German Shepherd, caused similar issues before being removed from the premises back in March 2021 after he too had bitten people during his stay at the White House.
In response to these incidents, White House officials mentioned back in July that they were looking into new training and leashing protocols for Commander however, it remains unclear if any effective measures have been put into place or if further action will be taken now that there has been another bite reported within its walls.
This raises serious concerns about workplace safety among those working here regularly according to Jonathan Wackrow, former USSS agent and CNN contributor who said: “This isn’t a Secret Service thing. This is a workplace safety issue”. He went on to emphasize how much President Biden loves his dog but noted that these repeated incidents pose a “significant hazard” for those employed that needs urgent attention moving forward so as not to put anyone else’s life in danger again soon enough.
A spokesperson from the agency also commented about ensuring employee safety saying “the agency takes the safety and well-being of its employees seriously”.
Though they did not provide further details regarding either incident or what measures are being taken by them going forward.