WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s younger dog, a rescue named Major, has decamped from the White House after causing a “minor” injury to an unidentified person, Biden’s press secretary told reporters on Tuesday.
On Monday Major, a 3-year-old German Shepherd, “was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Psaki didn’t identify who was bitten, and said the incident was handled by the White House medical unit with “no further treatment needed.”
She said Biden’s two dogs “are still getting acclimated and accustomed to their new surroundings and new people.”
CNN reported Monday evening that Major had bitten a security staff member.
A Washington Post reporter, citing a Secret Service official, tweeted Tuesday evening that Major had nipped an agent’s hand at the White House, saying that the “extremely minor” incident did not puncture the skin, cause any bleeding, or prevent the person from continuing to perform their duties.
The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A White House official separately told NBC News the pets were with family friends in Delaware while first lady Jill Biden travels this week.
The first lady, who is visiting military bases in Washington state and California through Wednesday, has said she has been trying to settle the two German Shepherds into their new 18-acre home in Washington,…