Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness For Attorneys

Richard H. Polsky, Ph.D. CDBC
Los Angeles, California

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”

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Fatal dog attacks Dog Bite Injury Blog

A blog for attorneys & dog bite victims by animal behavior expert, Richard Polsky, PhD. The dog bite injury blog was created to report current news about injury caused to people as a result of being attacked by a canine. An animal behavior perspective is used. Stories for inclusion have been carefully chosen based on where the incident happened, the breed of dog involved, the nature of the injury, legal implications, and whether a canine fatality occurred.

Fatal dog bite by Boxers on 52 y.o. lady in South Carolina

Fatal dog bites inflicted by boxers are rare occurrences. Nevertheless, the potential for fatal dog attacks by a boxer exists provided the circumstances are present to make a dog biteRead More

Dog attack kills toddler in Hunt County,Texas

Texas remains one of the American states where fatal dog attacks happen at disproportionately high rates.  Previously, I provided expert commentary on the high rate of fatal dog attacks inRead More

Dog bite fatality in Illinois by French bulldog?

It is very surprising when one one learns of a French bulldog possibly being implicated in a fatal dog attack.  Nonetheless, tragically, this reportedly happened in an incident which broughtRead More

Pit bull kills infant with redirected aggression in Indiana

Another tragic dog bite fatality happened in January 2020 in Lafayette, Indiana. In this instance the victim, a 26-day-old infant, was likely killed because of the dog’s redirected aggression. CircumstancesRead More

DNA to identify dogs in fatal dog attack in California

As an animal behaviorist who has testified in criminal proceedings as an expert witness regarding fatal dog attacks, I read with great sadness of the recent fatal dog attack inRead More

Cane Corso fatal dog attack in Italy – Stripping off of clothing

Cane corso fatal dog attacks on people in the United States happen at disproportionately high rates.  I have reviewed some of these instances in previous posts on this website.   Not surprisingly,Read More

Recent fatal dog attack statistics in the United States

Approximately 30-40 fatal dog attacks on people are recorded each year in the United States. Most animal behavior experts believe that the majority of these instances are highly preventable. ThisRead More

Doberman kills toddler in Michigan while feeding the dog a biscuit

In most instances of adoption of a dog from an animal shelter, most Ph.D. dog bite experts hold the opinion that properly conducted behavioral testing, although questionable, may still beRead More

Criminals, dangerous dogs and expert opinion about a Nevada fatal dog bite

As a Nevada dog bite expert witness, I have always placed a great deal of emphasis using findings from studies published in the animal behavior literature in formulating opinions asRead More

Process server in Texas killed by Labrador retriever led dog pack

More people in Texas are killed by dogs than any other state in the United States. In a previous post, I have offered reasons for this which I believe in part mayRead More