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White House keeps mum about animal bite incident

Many Americans have pets, but few are so famous as the dog or cat owned by the president. The White House is keeping quiet, however, after a recent animal bite incident involving the nation's "first pup." News reports show that Barack Obama's Portuguese water dog may have bitten a recent visitor to the White House who is familiar with the family. Even the nation's first family could face consequences for personal injury in this type of case.

Reports show that the dog, named Sunny, bit an 18-year-old guest at the White House in mid-January. The family friend bent to pet the dog, and the animal reacted by biting her face. The young woman's physician stated that the victim would need stitches on her cheek, but it is not yet clear what the extent of her scarring may be.

Multiple news sources reached out to the White House for comment on the incident, but the press secretary has evaded the questions. He said the Obama's dogs have been on their best behavior and have interacted with thousands of visitors without incident. Still, this report shows that dogs who have not shown aggressive behavior in the past may still be at risk for causing an animal attack.

It is not yet clear whether the victim in this case will seek compensation from the pet owner. Note, though, that even the president of our country can have issues with a pet harming a visitor -- this is not as uncommon as you might think. Victims of a dog attack often suffer physical pain and emotional pain in connection with their injuries. Those who have been harmed by a pet owner's negligence deserve financial compensation for their woes.

Source: USA Today, "White House mum on reports Obama's dog bit guest," Sean Rossman, Jan. 13, 2017

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