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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 Whisperer sued for negligence in California in dog bite attack

Neither myself nor other animal behavior specialists with advanced academic training in animal behavior are big fans of the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan. And Milan, despite his total lack of credentials,Read More

$36 million in punitive damages for Georgia dog bite victim

Vicious dog attacks on people may inspire dog bite attorneys to include a punitive damages claim in their lawsuit in addition to the usual claim for customary compensatory damages and otherRead More

Dog bite frequency rate increases dramatically in England

  For the most part, dog bite epidemiological statistics are remarkably similar between Western countries, such as United States Canada Australia, England, and Belgium. A large literature has been amassedRead More

$500,000 punitive damage award in Rottweiler dog bite attack in Hawaii

A claim for punitive damages may be included in a dog bite lawsuit where gross negligence is alleged. Often however, the inclusion is opposed by the defense, or it mayRead More

Dog bite expert opines about dog bite fatalities caused by police canines

My opinion as a dog bite expert differs markedly from decisions from appellate courts which have ruled that a dog bite attack from the police dog does not constitute lethalRead 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