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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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.

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

Pit bull behavior: Answers to 10 critical questions

1. Are pit bulls genetically predisposed to aggression or does their behavior depend on they way they have been raised? This is the quintessential question about nature versus nurture. Fundamentally,Read More

City of Winnipeg terrorized by a pack of American Bulldogs

A Winnipeg radio station sought the expert opinion of Dr. Polsky concerning an incident in which three people were viciously attacked by a pack of American bulldogs on February 29,Read More

Pit bull kills infant with redirected aggression in Indiana

Another tragic dog bite fatality happened in January 2020 in Lafayette, Indiana. In this instance the victim, a 26-day-old infant, was likely killed because of the dog’s redirected aggression. CircumstancesRead More

Expert opinion on dog bite safety & prevention

The opinions of experts on dog bite safety and dog bite prevention has been disseminated to the public through various means (internet, SPCA, veterinarians, animal behaviorists, trainers, peer-reviewed studies, USPS Read More

Dog expert opinion on the danger of pit bulls to a toddler after divorce

As a dog expert, I have been asked to opine about the possible danger a pit bull poses to a child in shared custody following a divorce. Queries like thisRead 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

Dog Bite Safety |Expert opinion: How to avoid being killed by a pack of dogs

Fifty-two-year-old Tracy Garcia was outside her home when she was killed by a pack of dogs, several  being possibly part daschunds mixes in Ardmore, Oklahoma on May 10, 2018.  TheRead More

Animal Behavior Science & Dog Expert Witness Testimony

Attorneys handling dog-related injury cases may not know much about the scientific discipline of animal behavior. Hence, below I will introduce this discipline to the dog bite attorney and offerRead More