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.

What counts as a dog bite in California?

Imagine the scenario where German shepherd escapes from the confines of its house in California runs into the yard and seizes the leg of a workman on a ladder. TheRead 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

Bite history of a rescue dog must now be disclosed in California

People occasionally are bitten and attacked by a dog after adoption from an animal shelter or rescue organization. As a dog bite expert witness, I have been involved in aRead More

Animal shelter dog bite settlement in Nevada

Animal shelters might get sued if a dog housed at their shelter bites a person. Given that employees, volunteers and visitors have frequent interaction dogs in the setting of anRead More

Rottweiler aggression & Stand Your Ground in Montana

Below, I report a case in which the controversial Stand-Your-Ground defense was used in the defense of 80-year-old Loyal Babb. Babb intentionally shot and killed his neighbor’s 10-year-old male, neuteredRead More

CA verdict of $247K for plaintiff startled by off-leash dog

Dog owners can liable for the injuries their off-leash dog inflicts onto a person even if the dog remains on the property and even if the dog does not biteRead More

French bulldog human-directed aggression

         The French bulldog has established itself is one of the most popular companion dogs in the United States. The Frenchie has become increasingly popular in partRead More

Cane Corso dog-aggression causes horrifying knock-down injury

Accounts describing the potentially dangerous nature of the Cane corso are usually about aggression directed towards humans and not other dogs.  Nonetheless, a Cane corso and other large breeds withRead More

USPS Dog Bite Statistics for 2019

Dog bite injury inflicted on people in the United States has remained at relatively consistent levels for the last 15 years. a number of surveys have shown that about 4.5Read More

Dog attack kills toddler in Hunt County,Texas

Texas remains one of the American states where fatal dog attacks happen at disproportionately high rates.  Previously, I provided expert commentary on the high rate of fatal dog attacks inRead More