Dog bite expert & animal behavior specialist

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 mauling in California: Dog bite expert opinion

Below, I share  the correspondence received from an extremely distraught owner as a result of the vicious pit bull mauling in California.  In this incident, the owner and his wifeRead More

Pit bull mauling in California: Dog bite expert opinion

Dog bite expert opinion on strict liability in California & Arizona

In this post, I discuss the value of expert opinion from an animal behaviorist in dog bite litigation, specifically focusing on the states of Arizona and California.  I choose theseRead More

Expert opinion about the California dog bite statute

California dog bite law (Civil Code 3342) specifies that a dog owner be held legally liable for damages if  their dog bites and injures another person.  In select cases, expertRead More

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Expert opinion about temperament tests and predatory aggression in dogs

Temperament tests are widely used to determine the “adoptability” of shelter dogs.  Popular temperament test currently in use include the”EthoTest”, the SPCA “SAFER.” test, the “Am I Safe” test, andRead More

Landlord dog bite liability in a California pit bull attack

Dogs with strong aggressive tendencies towards other dogs usually present issues about landlord dog bite liability if the dog resides on the propertty of the landlord.  Unfortunately, this may not beRead More

Vicious pit bull mauling captured on video in California

The owner of two adults pit bulls will likely face criminal charges in California as a result of her her dogs brutally attacking an elderly man and his Jack Russell Terrier onRead More

Cane Corso fatal dog attack in Italy – Stripping off of clothing

Cane corso fatal dog attacks on people in the United States happen at disproportionately high rates.  I have reviewed some of these instances in previous posts on this website.   Not surprisingly,Read More

Did the victim provoke the dog?

Dogs are sometimes provoked into biting humans. If this is suspected by defense counsel than a defense of provocation defense potentially counter strict owner liability under California’s dog-bite statute, CivilRead More

What behaviors trigger facial dog bites to humans?

Dog bite lawsuits often arise as a result of facial dog bites. Serious facial dog bites are almost always devastating for the victim, particularly if the victim is a child.Read More

DNA fails to identify dogs involved in Texas fatal dog attack

DNA analysis is the standard in canine forensics when the identity of dogs involved in a fatal dog attack is uncertain. DNA analysis is nearly 100% accurate provided the forensic evidence (blood,hair,Read More