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.

Animal behavior perspective on fatal dog attack in Texas

Research in animal behavior by PhD trained animal behaviorists studying dog behavior have demonstrated the reliability and consistency of aggressive like behaviorof dogs in specified contexts.  For example, in one study,Read More

Fatal dog attack by bull mastiff on 13-year-old boy in New Jersey

Bull mastiffs have inflicted fatal dog bites to people at relatively high rates in the last five years.  I have reported five fatal dog attacks by bull mastiffs:  a fatalRead More

Fatal dog attack by bull mastiff on 13-year-old boy in New Jersey

Fatal dog attack by unrestrained German Shepherd mix in rural Alabama

Play behavior by a child in the presence of some dogs increases the likelihood of dog bite attack. This factor, frequently noted by animal behaviorists, happens because of the jerky,Read More

Siberian Husky fatal dog attack on infant in Minnesota and Alberta, Canada

  Siberian Huskies have not been implicated in many fatal dog attacks on humans relative to other breeds known to kill people.  Since 2006 in the United States approximately 6 peopleRead More

Fatal dog bite attack by bull mastiff kills 57-year-old lady in Ohio

Police say that had received numerous complaints about the two dogs that killed a 57-year-old lady on February 7, 2014 in Dayton, Ohio. The mauled body of the victim wasRead More

Texas records first dog bite fatality in USA for 2014

Texas, the state with more dog bite fatalities in the USA than any other, recorded the first reported bite fatality in the USA on January 4, 2014.  The fact thatRead More

Fatal dog attack by Bull mastiff on 75-year-old lady in Arkansas

Bull mastiffs have been implicated in several fatal dog attacks in recent years, one which included a fatal dog attack on a 10-year-old boy in Oklahoma. Fatal dog attacks involvingRead More

Fatal dog attack by pit bull on 56-year-old lady in wheelchair in Maryland

Statistics compiled from dog bite instances have consistently shown that Pit bulls are the type of dog disproportionately involved in most fatal dog attacks on people in the United States.Read More

California dog bite fatality to two-year-old visiting grandmother

More people sustain serious dog bite injury and dogs kill more people  in California and Texas than in any state in the United States. Through September, 2013, there have beenRead More

Redirected aggression dog bite fatality in Arizona kills two-year-old boy

Redirected aggression in dogs to humans occasionally happens. The occurrence of this kind of aggression may happen when a person attempts to stop a fight between two dogs, or inRead More