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.

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

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

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

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