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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.

Family pit bull with no aggressive history kills 59-year-old woman in Ohio

A supposedly non-aggressive, family pit bull mix named Polo, killed a 59-year-old woman in Madison Twp. Ohio in August 2014.  The daughter of the victim, owner of the dog, statesRead More

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

Mom bites off dog’s ear in Texas to stop pit bull attack on two-year-old daughter

In certain situations, particularly when one’s own child is at risk, any means of stopping a vicious dog attack is justifiable. This includes sacrificing oneself and accepting the risk ofRead More

Adopted pit bull fatally attacks boy with babysitter in Oregon

The stage was set for a fatal dog attack on a five-year-old due to the lack of knowledge by the victim’ s mother about the presence of a pit bullRead More

Pit bull attacks six-year-old in Utah after breaking free from chain

Many animal behaviorists believe that dogs who are habitually chained pose a greater risk to attack people, particularly children. Moreover, the chaining of dogs is strongly discouraged by humane societies,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

Movement on bicycle possible trigger to dog bite attack on 10-year-old girl in Kentucky

The predatory aggressive behavior of dogs is frequently triggered by movement of children on skateboards, roller blades, and bicycles. Predatory aggressive behavior is probably more common in dogs developed forRead More

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Bizarre dog bite incident on school bus by a pit bull in Arizona

Findings from animal behavior science indicate that aggressive behavioral responding in dogs is contextual in nature. That is, a dog that possesses aggressive tendencies in one context, may not beRead More

Dog bite statistics & info on Pit Bulls

  Infographic on facts about the pit bull terrier Fatal dog bite by pit bulls in South Carolina illustrates the dangerous nature of dog packs $1 million dog bite settlementRead More

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Fatal Dog Attack on Toddler in Magnolia,Texas

More fatal dog attacks occur in Texas than in any other state in the USA. There are a number of reasons to account for the high rate in Texas, someRead More