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.

DNA Fails to Identify Stray 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

DNA Fails to Identify Stray Dogs Involved in Texas Fatal Dog Attack

Recent fatal dog attack statistics in the United States

Approximately 30-40 fatal dog attacks on people are recorded each year in the United States. Most animal behavior experts believe that the majority of these instances are highly preventable. ThisRead More

Criminal prosecution for fatal dog bite to toddler by Doberman in Michigan?

Behavioral screening is absolutely necessary to ensure that a dog can be safely adopted.  This code of conduct applies to whoever is trying to adopt a dog, whether it be a privateRead More

Expert opinion on dog bite law in California & Arizona

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

Pit bulls seized from fighting rings in CA. not necessarily vicious

Any dog in California seized from an illegal fighting ring in California will no longer be considered inherently vicious according to recently enacted legislation.  A welcomed new law, California Assembly Bill #1825, was approved andRead More

Pit bulls seized from fighting rings in CA. not necessarily vicious

Animal behavior & assumption of risk involving a St. Bernard

In dog bite lawsuits the doctrine of assumption of risk may be used to limit the liability of the defendant. The doctrine states that the plaintiff assumes the risk ofRead More

Process server in Texas killed by Labrador retriever led dog pack

More people in Texas are killed by dogs than any other state in the United States. In a previous post, I have offered reasons for this which I believe in part mayRead More

Fatal dog attack by pack a stray dogs in Dallas, Texas

A 52-year-old lady was killed in the southern section of Dallas Texas on May 2, 2016 by a pack of stray dogs. The family of the victim is demanding $5 millionRead More

Did coughing trigger a predatory fatal dog attack in California?

The circumstances surrounding a fatal dog attack in California in April, 2016 on a three-day-old infant suggests that the dog’s predatory inclinations may have been at work.  In this fatal dogRead More

Vicious and near-fatal dog attack by Italian mastiffs in Virginia

The Italian mastiff, better known as the Cane Corso, first came to the attention of many when a pair of Cane Corsos fatally attacked a jogger in Michigan in 2014.  Like most other mastiffs, Cane CorsosRead More