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Watchdog group files open-records request on Biden dogs' biting incidents at White House

The request comes after two dog-biting incidents at the White House.

Updated: May 4, 2021 - 1:33pm

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The conservative activist group Judicial Watch said Tuesday that it has filed an official public-records request with the Secret Service, seeking information on several biting incidents by President Biden's dogs, Major and Champ.

The Washington, D.C.-based group said it filed a Freedom of Information Act on March 1 asking for all records of communications among Secret Service officials regarding the dogs.

The Secret Service responded April 12, saying the agency had identified the requested records and was processing them. Judicial Watch said this week it has yet to receive the requested communications.

"The public has a right to know the details about any incident in which Secret Service personnel were injured by President Biden’s dog," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. "We have no doubt that Major and Champ are good dogs, but politicians and bureaucrats can’t be trusted."

The reports are related to incidents in March in which one or each of the dogs – reportedly Major – bit somebody at the White House.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said a March 9 incident resulted in a "minor injury" and that a March 29 incident resulted in an employee seeking medical attention. 

After the incidents, the dogs were sent back to Delaware for further training.

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