Biden’s Dog Bites: Commander Incidents Tally 24

Biden’s Dog Bites: Commander Incidents Tally 24

Biden’s Dog Bites: Commander Incidents Tally 24

Biden’s Dog Bites: Commander Incidents Tally 24

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  • Biden’s dog, Commander, bit USSS agents 24 times (Oct ’22 – Jul ’23).
  • Injuries led to operational changes for Secret Service.
  • Commander removed from White House in Oct ’23 due to escalating incidents.
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In a recent revelation, newly obtained documents through Freedom of Information requests expose a series of biting incidents involving President Joe Biden’s dog, Commander, causing chaos for United States Secret Service (USSS) agents.

According to the reports at least 24 biting incidents occurred between October 2022 and July 2023, prompting concerns about the safety of the presidential bodyguards.

The documents detail various instances where USSS members were bitten on different parts of their bodies, including the wrist, forearm, elbow, waist, chest, thigh, and shoulder. Notably, these records may not encompass all biting incidents related to Commander and exclusively cover the Secret Service, excluding other White House staff and personnel at Camp David in Maryland.

A June 2023 email from a senior agent highlights the challenges faced by the Secret Service in adjusting operational tactics when Commander was present. The message urged agents to be creative in ensuring their personal safety, emphasizing the need to give the dog plenty of room.

The situation escalated to the point where, in October of the same year, Commander was eventually removed from the White House. The decision came a week after a Secret Service agent required medical treatment for a severe dog bite. Prior to this, in June, an incident involving a “deep bite” on an agent’s forearm resulted in stitches and a 20-minute suspension of East Wing White House tours due to blood on the floor.

In a particularly alarming episode in July, another agent sustained a severe deep open wound on the hand, requiring six stitches and resulting in significant blood loss. In response, colleagues gifted a “small care package” to the injured agent, including painkillers, antibiotic ointment, pepper spray, a muzzle, and dog biscuits, all intended for safety purposes.

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The revelations shed light on the challenges faced by the Secret Service in managing the presence of Commander, a German Shepherd, and highlight the significant impact these biting incidents had on the safety and operations of the presidential bodyguards.

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