The Netanyahu family and Kaiya before she was quarantined
The Netanyahu family and Kaiya before she was quarantined Facebook

The biting sense of humor of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s dog, Kaiya, has apparently not gone over well.

The dog was quarantined after an incident this week in which she bit MK Sharren Haskel (Likud) and the husband of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely during a Hanukkah party at the Prime Minister’s Residence.

Netanyahu himself broke the news of Kaiya’s quarantine on his Facebook page on Friday.

"Last night we lit Hanukkah candles with the entire family in attendance, before we sadly had to send Kaiya to be quarantined, as required by law," Netanyahu wrote.

"As a result of this incident, I was exposed to the issue of quarantined dogs and found defects that are incompatible with reason and compassion. I will ask experts in the ministries of health and agriculture as well as animal protection organizations to formulate proposals for change and improvement in the existing law," he added.

On Friday it was revealed that the Hanukkah party was not the first time Kaiya had bitten someone and, in fact, Netanyahu himself was her first victim.

According to Yedioth Ahronoth, the dog bit Netanyahu back in July, just several days after being adopted.

One morning not long after joining the Netanyahu family in the Prime Minister's Residence, the dog sunk her teeth into Netanyahu's hand, the newspaper said, and his doctors later decided not to take any chances and to administer a rabies vaccine.

While sources claim Kaiya was put in isolation for a week following the incident as is custom in such cases, the Prime Minister's Office claims that the dog was not isolated.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

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