President Joe Biden’s German shepherds will return to the White House after one of them reportedly bit a staffer.
This week, two sources told CNN that Major and Champ were returned to the Biden family home in Delaware after having what was described as a “biting incident” with a member of White House security.
On Tuesday, Michael LaRosa, the first lady’s spokesman, told multiple outlets that the dogs are temporarily heading to Delaware, as First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is traveling for three days.
“With the first lady traveling for three days, Champ and Major went to Delaware to stay with family friends,” the statement read.
While speaking to outlets on Tuesday, press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed there was an incident involving Major.
“Champ and Major, the president and first lady’s dogs… are still getting acclimated and accustomed to their new surroundings and new people,” Psaki told reporters.
“And on Monday the first family’s younger dog, Major, was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual, which was handled by the White House Medical Unit with no further treatment needed.”
However, Psaki said Major and Champ’s trip to Delaware was pre-planned, as Dr. Biden is visiting military bases on the West Coast.
Psaki added that the dogs “will return to the White House soon.”
Asked about reports of a biting incident involving Biden's German Shepherds, Psaki says the dog Major was "surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual," which was treated by White House medical unit pic.twitter.com/pU8eMngkA5— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 9, 2021
Champ and Major are the first pets to live in the White House since Barack Obama’s administration. Former President Donald Trump did not own any pets while in office.