Dog bite expert & animal behavior specialist

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

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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.

Retired police canine in California viciously attacks good Samaritan

A July 2016 dog bite incident involving a retired police K-9 in Riverside, California provides another example illustrating the potentially dangerous and unpredictable nature of canines trained for suspect apprehension byRead More

Mississippi dog bite expert opinion about police dog bite at MS. St. football game

  In this post, Dr. Richard Polsky PhD, a Mississippi dog bite expert, offers expert opinion about a dog bite inflicted to an innocent bystander by police dog at a crowded LSU-MississippiRead More

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Dog bite fatalities involving police canines

The widespread belief amongst police dog handlers is that their dogs do not constitute lethal force.  And in fact there is law supporting this belief.   For instance, appellate decisions have ruled that policeRead More

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Video of police dog attack on innocent bystander

  Most plaintiff attorneys involved in police dog bite lawsuits eventually come to learn about the potentially dangerous nature of police service dogs used for suspect apprehension.  In other postsRead More

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Further evidence for dangerous nature of police canine in Florida

Previously on this website I have written about the unreliable and dangerous nature of police canines trained in suspect apprehension.  Further evidence supporting my belief of the dangerous nature ofRead More

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Boy loses leg in vicious attack by police canine in California

      Police canines are always portrayed by their K-9 handlers as highly trained “partners”, trustworthy, predictable, compliant, and extremely reliable.   Nonetheless,  from an animal behavior perspective thereRead More

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Police dog trainer in North Carolina calls police K-9 handlers stupid

Police canines supposedly possess superior discrimination abilities which enables them to correctly identify suspects that need apprehension.  And in many instances, since the handler is nearby, accurate discrimination is possible:Read More

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Off-duty police K-9 viciously attacks canine handler in New Jersey

Sufficient evidence has been amassed to suggest that police canines deployed in the field by their handlers may be unpredictable and problematic at times.  Evidence which supports this belief isRead More

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Police dog bite attack on innocent bystander settles for $225,000 in Washington

Police dog bite attacks on innocent bystanders frequently happen, but the magnitude of the problem remains largely unknown.  The reason why innocent bystanders are frequently attacked is not difficult toRead More

Vicious police dog bite attack rips man’s throat apart in Ontario, Canada

Previously on, I have written about the dangerous nature of police canines and how police dog bite attacks on criminal suspects usually causes greater bodily injury when compared withRead More