There are a couple of adorable mutts in the spotlight today, after they single-handedly (or, umm... single pawed?) took down the latest White House fence jumper on Wednesday evening (October 22). The K-9 heroes Hurricane and Jordan apprehended Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, after he attempted to punch them, the Washington Post reports.
The two dogs suffered some minor bruising during the brawl, but according to agency spokesman Edwin Donovan they were taken to a veterinary hospital for treatment and have been cleared to resume their posts. The assailant, however, had to be treated for bite wounds before being placed in the U.S. Marshall Service's custody.
Adesanya was charged Thursday with injuring animals used by law enforcement, as well as one count of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds.
Representative Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on national security, praised the dogs in an interview with the Post.
"I can’t say enough about how valuable they are. I love the dogs," Chaffetz said, "I hated to see him punch the dogs, but obviously they could take a punch. I was thrilled to see they’re back on duty."
The Secret Service also shouted out the pups on Twitter, adding that Hurricane enjoys playing with Kong dog toys daily, while Jordan favors walks around the White House.
The Belgian Malinois, a highly intelligent breed exclusively used by the Secret Service, weren't released the night Omar J. Gonzalez scaled the White House fence and entered the premises through an unlocked door. The reasons behind the security breakdown are still being reviewed, with a full report and recommendations due this December.