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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Police K9 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.

Police K9 fatal dog attacks

Fatal dog attacks by police K9s are rare. Nonetheless, there are few documented accounts that merit careful attention. The reason why police canines do not kill people more often stemsRead More

Watch video of vicious police K9 attack in Maine

Subsequent to the laws which now require police to wear body cams, videos are becoming increasingly common on YouTube showing the vicious attacks by police canines on suspects. Here’s anotherRead More

Watch video of police K9 attack in Florida

A video of police K9 attack on an suspect who had already surrendered exemplifies the difficulty handlers have in controlling their K9s during suspect apprehension. The incident, which happened inRead More

Animal behavior science and the inherently dangerous nature of attack trained police K-9s

Presentation by Richard  Polsky at the annual meeting the Animal Behavior Society, August 2021 The perspective from animal behavior science is needed to fully understand and explain the behavior ofRead More

Canine handler abusing his K9 partner shown in disturbing video

As a police K9 bite expert, I am knowledgeable of the various training techniques used to attack-train a police K9. I also have become familiar with and have testified aboutRead More

Negligence by the police K-9 handler?

On Super Bowl Sunday my client went to the John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona because he drank to much and feared alcohol poisoning. His last recollection was arrivingRead More

Excessive force by a police K-9 in Arizona

As an individual trained in the science of animal behavior, I have a strong desire to share my expertise and knowledge about the inherently dangerous nature of attack-trained police canines,Read More

Excessive force in attack-trained police K-9’s

Dogs were first used by the police in the early 1900s, and by the 1950s the modern era of police dog use was underway in the United States (Dorriety, PoliceRead More

Excessive force by an attack-trained police K-9 – A blatant example

Excessive force delivered by attacked trained police K9s  happen frequently, giving rise to many lawsuits  against K9  handlers and the municipalities.  Examples  of excessive force delivered by a canine canRead More

Animal behavior, excessive force, and bite & hold police K9s: Part II – Municipal liability

The fourth amendment protects people against the use of excessive force by police K-9s trained in the bite and hold technique.  Specifically, Title 42 of the United States Code, SectionRead More