New footage has emerged showing Joe Biden’s commanding German shepherd biting another White House staffer, just as presidential sources tried to blame the animal’s aggressive behavior on Secret Service agents .
White House sources said Monday that the commander targeted members of the president’s security detail because of their “hostile expressions.”
DailyMail.com can now reveal the two-year-old German Shepherd bit another member of staff just two weeks ago.
The staffer, Dale Haney, 71, is not part of Biden’s security team and was simply playing with the dog.
A photo obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com shows the commander biting another White House staffer last month.
The incident, which was unintentionally filmed by a tourist taking photos on September 13, shows the two-year-old German shepherd sinking its teeth into keeper Dale Haney’s left arm.
The images were released after reports emerged on Monday that the commander bit a Secret Service agent who then required medical treatment.
Footage obtained by DailyMail.com shows the dog sinking its teeth into the arm of Haney, the lanyard-wearing White House grounds superintendent, in the White House grounds on September 13.
The moment was captured by a tourist in the White House gift shop who unintentionally filmed the bite while taking photos of the dog.
The visitor who asked to remain anonymous recalls: “I just wanted to take pictures of the dog, after all it is the next best thing to seeing the president.”
“The commander was bouncing. He seemed very lively, lively and cheerful. He’s a beautiful dog.
“I only realized later that he had bitten the gardener who was with him when I saw the image with his teeth very clearly around the man’s wrist and arm.”
Hane, who has worked at the White House for more than 50 years, often walks presidential pets on the grounds, starting with Richard Nixon’s King Irish Setter Timahoe.
A photo agency published a photo of him walking Commander in August last year.
The attack came to light just days after reports surfaced that the presidential pet had bitten a Secret Service agent last Monday during an incident in which the agent sought medical attention.
Visitors touring the resort were watching from the gift shop when the dog suddenly became aggressive.
The witness, who did not wish to be identified, said the commander otherwise appeared “lively” and “full of spirit”.
Haney is now the White House grounds superintendent after being hired as a groundskeeper in 1972. He is seen walking the Commander on the South Grounds of the White House in August 2022.
At the time, it was the 11th known biting incident involving a two-year-old German Shepherd.
Today, DailyMail.com can reveal it is the 12th.
And while White House sources have placed the blame on the president’s protectors and claimed that “everyone loves” the commander who is “always so friendly,” the victim on this occasion was not an armed service member security guard of the president but a groundskeeper.
The witness said: “Maybe it was meant to be a playful bite, but he’s a big dog to behave like that. For me, that’s a mouthful.
The commander’s most serious attack occurred in November 2022, when an officer was hospitalized after the animal squeezed his arms and thighs.
Emails obtained by conservative group Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request reveal the incident was one of ten to take place over a four-month period.
This came just a month after staff warned of the danger of attack after First Lady Jill Biden “could not regain control” of the animal as she charged a staff member with the secret Service.
White House staffers on Monday blamed the commander’s biting problems on hostile expressions from Secret Service agents, saying the first dog is generally pleasant.
Commander is one of three German Shepherds who lived with the Bidens during Joe’s term.
President Joe Biden entered the White House with two German shepherds, Champ – who died in 2021 – and Major, who was removed from office that year.
“I think it is only a matter of time before an agent/officer is attacked or bitten,” the staffer warned in an email sent in October 2022.
White House officials said in July that the Bidens were working on new training and leash protocols for the family pet following the incidents.
Speaking last week, Elizabeth Alexander, the first lady’s communications director, said in a statement: “The First Family continues to work on ways to help the Commander manage the often unpredictable nature of the House grounds White.”
The first family’s older dog, Major — a five-year-old German Shepherd rescued from a Delaware shelter — was kicked out of the White House after a series of aggressive incidents, including biting Secret Service employees and of the National Park Service.
The Bidens eventually relocated Major to friends in Delaware, saying he was, by nature, a “sweet dog” and citing the “stress” of life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as the root of his aggression.
The commander joined the First Family in December 2021 as a birthday gift to the president from his brother Jim Biden and his wife
Haney has taken on the responsibility over the years of walking First Dogs. In 2009, he put a leash on Barack Obama’s Portuguese water dog Bo.
Haney joined First Lady Jill Biden and presidential granddaughter Maisy, walking Major and Champ less than three weeks into the Biden presidency.
Commander, which was a birthday gift to the President from James and Sara Biden, his brother and sister-in-law, first arrived at the White House on December 20, 2021.
But speaking to CNN last week, former USSS agent Jonathan Wackrow called the dog’s bite a “significant danger” that must be addressed.
He said: “There is a uniqueness here, because it is the residence of the President of the United States, but it is also the workplace of hundreds, thousands of people.
“And you can’t bring danger into the workplace. And that’s basically what’s happening with this dog.
“Once you could say it was an accident, but now with several incidents it is a serious problem. »