Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness For Attorneys

Richard H. Polsky, PhD, 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.

Pit bull kills infant with redirected aggression in Indiana

Another tragic dog bite fatality happened on June 29, 2020 in Lafayette Indiana. In this instance the victim, a 26-day-old infant was likely killed because of the dog’s redirected aggression.Read 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 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

DNA to identify dogs in fatal dog attack in California

As an animal behaviorist who has testified in criminal proceedings as an expert witness regarding fatal dog attacks, I read with great sadness of the recent fatal dog attack inRead More

Tips on Choosing an Animal Behavior Expert Witness

Personal injury attorneys experienced in litigating dog bite cases probably realize the potential value in retaining the services of an animal behavior expert witness.  This is especially true in statesRead More

Dog bite or scratch? – Expert opinion

Occasionally there may be uncertainty about whether the injury inflicted on a person was caused by a dog bite or scratch.  This issue occasionally arises in dog bite litigation.  Below,Read More

Canine expert witness opinion on aggression in a Bernese Mt. Dog

Q.  Dr. Polsky: I understand that you are a canine expert witness on dog bites. I am contacting you because my parents recently adopted an 18-month-old male Bernese Mountain dogRead More