Jerusalem: In a rather bizarre incident Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dog was behind bars on Saturday after biting a lawmaker and a cabinet minister’s husband during an event to mark the Hanukkah Jewish holiday.
Israel’s public health regulation mandates dogs who bite, even if they have received all necessary inoculation be kept quarantine for 10 days.
A saddened Netanyahu wrote yesterday on a FB post: “Last night we lit the fifth Hanukkah candle with all the family present before we were sadly obliged to send Kaiya to quarantine as required by law.”
It is said that the mixed-breed female canine named ‘Kaiya’ was adopted by the Netanyahus from an animal shelter in July.
Kaiya nipped lawmaker Sharren Haskel from the prime minister’s Likud party as well as the husband of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely during a festive candle-lighting ceremony on Wednesday night.
“How much light Kaiya brought into our home!” he wrote of the 10-year-old. “If you want a canine, find an adult dog to rescue. You won’t regret it!”, he had posted in August.