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Richard H. Polsky, PhD, 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.

Dog bite fatalities involving police canines

The widespread belief amongst police dog handlers is that their dogs do not constitute lethal force.  And in fact there is law supporting this belief.   For instance, appellate decisions have ruled that policeRead More

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Expert opinion on French mastiff dog bite fatality in Illinois

  Mastiff breeds, such as the Cane Corso and the Bull mastiff, have been implicated in fatal dog attacks in the United States in recent years. And in well-known andRead More

Vicious attack by French mastiff on 3 y.o. boy in England

The French mastiff (Dogue De Bordeaux) is a huge dog, typical of all mastiff-type dogs.  Individuals can weigh as much as 175 lbs. and stand about 28 inches at the shoulders.  CoupledRead More

San Francisco California dog bite statistics

  Given that I am a dog bite expert based in California, I’m probably partial to dog bite statistics relevant to this state.   Hence, when I came across aRead More

Predation likely motive behind fatal dog attack in Texas

  Previously, I’ve noted the occurrence of fatal dog attacks on young children on swings. This probably happens, in part, because a child on a swing is in motion and this kindRead More

Interpretation of temperament tests in dog bite cases

 Some dog bite experts assume that testing for temperament when a dog is apuppy, preferably around eight weeks of age, can predict what the dog will belike temperamentally when itRead More

Provocation & comparative fault in California dog bite lawsuit

Trial attorneys know that uncertainty often exists with regard to outcome when a case is presented to a jury in a California dog bite lawsuit.  Uncertainty about outcome arises becauseRead More

Video of police dog attack on innocent bystander

  Most plaintiff attorneys involved in police dog bite lawsuits eventually come to learn about the potentially dangerous nature of police service dogs used for suspect apprehension.  In other postsRead More

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Fatal dog attack in Arkansas by pack of pit bulls

    Most animal behaviorists would probably agree that a pack of dogs pose greater risk to public safety than a single dog, particularly if these dogs were untrained, not neutered,Read More

Further evidence for dangerous nature of police canine in Florida

Previously on this website I have written about the unreliable and dangerous nature of police canines trained in suspect apprehension.  Further evidence supporting my belief of the dangerous nature ofRead More

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