Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness For Attorneys

Richard H. Polsky, PhD, CDBC
Los Angeles, California

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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.

Olympia WA fatal dog attack by pack of pit bulls on 92 y.o. lady

The dangers of the pack of unsupervised pit bulls in the confines of territory exemplified in Olympia WA fatal dog attack   Territorial aggression is a common behavioral trait displayed by manyRead More

Suicide by fatal dog attack in Michigan

 People contemplating suicide have several options to choose from, the most common being hanging, drowning, slashing one’s wrist or killing oneself by gunshot.   Rarely, however, do people commit suicide byRead More

California dog bites fatalities update

California dog bites fatalities: summaries for late 2015 maulings   Below, I summarize three California dog bites fatalities which happened in late 2015. There are common features in all threeRead More

Fila Brasileiro fatal dog attack in Canada?

 It is rare that one reads about a Fila Brasileiro fatal dog attack. The likely reason is simple: the breed is not that popular. Unlike other more popular docile mastiffRead More

New York dog bite fatalities update

Animal behavior factors associated with New York dog bite fatalities   Below, I report two New York dog bite fatalities that occurred in late 2015.  As a dog bite expert, Read More

Additional Texas dog bite fatalities in 2015

  Previously I listed reasons why Texas leads the nation with regard to the number of people killed annually by dogs. One may be the culture of Texas, particularly in rural areasRead More

Expert opinion on French mastiff dog bite fatality in Illinois

There are relatively few instances of fatal dog attacks involving other mastiff breeds, however. Thus it caught my attention when I read a report about a French mastiff being implicatedRead More

Predation likely motive behind fatal dog attack in Texas

  Previously, I’ve noted the occurrence of fatal dog attacks on young children on swings. This probably happens, in part, because a child on a swing is in motion and this kindRead More

Fatal dog attack in Arkansas by pack of pit bulls

    Most animal behaviorists would probably agree that a pack of dogs pose greater risk to public safety than a single dog, particularly if these dogs were untrained, not neutered,Read More

87-year-old man in Maryland first dog bite fatality victim in 2015

  The elderly and the very young are killed by dogs more frequently when compared with other age groups in the United States. This finding in part can be accountedRead More