Israel Rejects Netanyahu Family's Request to Pay for Its Dog's Care

The family's request for the state to pay for their pup, Kaia, was denied by the Finance Ministry, and dismissed as a personal expense.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's dog at his residence in Jerusalem in November 2015.
U.S. State Department

The Prime Minister’s Residence inquired about getting the state to pay for the care and feeding of the Netanyahu family dog, Kaia, but was rebuffed by the treasury, according to a report by the Channel 2 investigative program “Uvda” (“Fact”) on Monday night.

The Netanyahu family adopted the dog in July, and according to the report, the residence’s chief caretaker asked the controller of the Prime Minister’s Office about getting the government to pay for its care. The controller passed on the inquiry to the office’s legal adviser, Shlomit Barnea, who in turn discussed it with Accountant-General Michal Abadi-Boiangiu at the Finance Ministry. Abadi-Boiangiu rejected the request, saying those expenses were private and the Netanyahus must pay them themselves.

The Prime Minister’s Office said, “The expenses are not funded from the state budget but from the Netanyahu family budget.” The treasury had no comment.

Earlier this month, during a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the Prime Minister’s Residence, Kaia bit Likud MK Sharren Haskel and the husband of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely. As a result, the dog was quarantined for a time, but was later released.