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

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Pit bulls 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

Pit bull dog bite expert opinion about dog bite injury inflicted by pit bulls

As a pit bull dog bite expert, I strongly oppose breed-specific legislation.  Given this, I feel compelled to make my readers aware of a dog bite study published in 2011 which cogently argued thatRead More

Vicious pitbull attacks captured on video in New York

Deadly and vicious pit bull attacks attacks on people are not uncommon; however, rarely is the incident captured on video by a bystander and then subsequently posted on the internetRead More

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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

Few defenses available to counter Iowa dog bite statute

  An animal behavior perspective may be of limited use when strict liability statutes are employed in dog bite lawsuits. Statutory strict liability makes an owner strictly liable for victim’sRead 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

Guilty verdict in fatal dog attack on 63-year-old woman by pack of dogs in California

Alex Jackson really did not have much of a chance when his case came before jury in California in August 2014.  Jackson was facing charges of second-degree murder for anRead More

Family pit bulls attack and kill six-year-old boy in Florida

The majority of people in United States killed by pit bulls are unfamiliar with the dog.  Exceptions do occur, however.  For example, in 2011 a 32-year-old pregnant woman was killedRead More

Three-year-old survives vicious pit bull attack in Ohio

Most toddlers  viciously attacked by pit bull type dogs are lucky to survive.  Epidemiological evidence supports this belief: studies have repeatedly found that a disproportional amount of fatalities and severeRead More