Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness For Attorneys

Richard H. Polsky, Ph.D. CDBC
Los Angeles, California

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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.

Labrador retriever viciously bites eight-year-old in face in Florida

Labrador retrievers have long had the reputation of being well-tempered, highly trainable, trustworthy, and a breed suitable for families with children.  News reports are rare about a Labrador retriever inflictingRead More

Animal behavior perspective on fatal dog attack in Texas

Research in animal behavior by PhD trained animal behaviorists studying dog behavior have demonstrated the reliability and consistency of aggressive like behaviorof dogs in specified contexts.  For example, in one study,Read More

Mom bites off dog’s ear in Texas to stop pit bull attack on two-year-old daughter

In certain situations, particularly when one’s own child is at risk, any means of stopping a vicious dog attack is justifiable. This includes sacrificing oneself and accepting the risk ofRead More

Pitbull debate resurfaces in Mississippi

Simpson County Mississippi is in the midst of heated debate regarding whether the county should ban the ownership orthe keeping a pit bulls. This debate was rekindled in April, 2014Read More

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Rottweiler attack nets $250K for dog bite victim in Utah

Owners usually take responsibility for the damages to her dog causes to a person.  However, apparently this was not the case in a dog bite  incident in which a womenRead More

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Recent dog bite hospital and emergency room statistics in Arizona

The Department of Health Services in Arizona released recent dog bite statistics, in March, 2014. The director of that department in Arizona, William Humble, reported that victims treated for severeRead More

Recent dog bite hospital and emergency room statistics in Arizona

Horrific Bull Mastiff Fatal Dog Attack in Texas

The most recent fatal dog attack in Texas involving a Bull mastiff happened in Killeen, Texas in March, 2014. In this horrific incident, three people, ages 18, 8, and 2Read More

Fatal dog attack by bull mastiff on 13-year-old boy in New Jersey

Bull mastiffs have inflicted fatal dog bites to people at relatively high rates in the last five years.  I have reported five fatal dog attacks by bull mastiffs:  a fatalRead More

Fatal dog attack by bull mastiff on 13-year-old boy in New Jersey

Fatal dog attack by unrestrained German Shepherd mix in rural Alabama

Play behavior by a child in the presence of some dogs increases the likelihood of dog bite attack. This factor, frequently noted by animal behaviorists, happens because of the jerky,Read More

$1.1 million in record settlement in bull mastiff dog bite attack in Illinois

The largest settlement for a dog bite injury case on record in Illinois was recently obtained by the plaintiff from American Family Insurance Company. American Family, a major underwriter ofRead More