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.

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

Dog bites child on airplane in Arizona: Concerns about about dog bite safety

A dog bites child incident a Southwest flight in Arizona raises new questions about dog bite safety. Below, I opine about an incident that happened on a Southwest flight departingRead 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

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