Oh poop! No. 2 trouble piles up for Biden’s White House dogs
Legal scholar warns president could be sued for biting injuries
As sometimes happens with political figures, trouble piles on trouble.
In this case, the controversy centers on the two four-footed creatures who live in the White House.
Only a day after it was revealed that one of the dogs, for a second time, bit a federal worker at the estate, one of the animals left a pile on the White House floor.
As in a pile of “poo,” according to a White House media pool report.
CBS News’ Kathryn Watson noted that both German shepherds, Champ and Major, “were spotted in the hallway outside the Palm Room doors in front of the Diplomatic Room,” but she said it was “unclear which dog was responsible” for the mess.
Just the News noted media have “fawned over the dogs after four years of a dog-less White House during former President Trump’s term. Shortly after Biden won the White House, the Associated Press wrote a fluff piece headlined, ‘It’s Major: Pets poised for a return to the White House.'”
Major, a rescue dog, bit two employees in recent weeks. In the latest incident, a National Park Service employee was injured and had to be treated.
After the first biting incident, March 8, Major and 13-year-old Champ were summarily dispatched to the Bidens’ home in Delaware for a time.
Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley warned in a column Tuesday that the Biden’s could be held legally liable.
“Presumably an owner can still be negligent in failing to take reasonable measures to protect licensees or invitees on the property. Thus, the Bidens could still be sued for negligence failure to take reasonable steps after learning of the propensity of Major to bite,” wrote Turley, a law professor at George Washington University.
“Alternatively, this could be a matter for the Federal Tort Claims Act as a personal injury occurring on federal property. Fortunately, Major is not considered a government official entitled to immunity for discretionary functions, including occasional ‘nipping’ noted by the press secretary.”
He previously noted that under tort law, a dog “is afforded (at most) ‘one free bite’ before strict liability applies. Major could now be treated as a known vicious animal for liability purposes.”
And he noted the language by the press secretary for Jill Biden, who said the dog “nipped” someone.