This section of dogexpert.com present summaries of noteworthy incidences in which people have been bitten by dogs in California.
About 4.5 million people are bitten annually United States by dogs. However, only a small percentage of these instances result in serious damage to the victim, whether physical or psychological. Nonetheless, a large number of dog bite instances lead to civil action against owners, landlords, police departments, pet stores, veterinary hospitals, etc. And in some cases criminal action is taken against an owner of a dog which has killed a person. Surely the vast majority of dogs warrant the title as “man’s best friend”. However, in reality some dogs are truly dangerous by nature, particularly when they gather in dog packs that are not supervised or in the case of attack-trained police K9s.
This page will be updated occasionally by California dog bite expert and author of this website, Richard Polsky Ph.D. California dog bite expert, Richard Polsky, Ph.D. welcomes inquiries from California attorneys involved in dog bite litigation. Dr. Polsky provides expert witness services nationwide.
Noteworthy dog bite news stories in California
- City of Santa Monica, California settles dog bite case for $325,000.
An attack by a pit bull named monster on a seven-year-old boy resulted in a $325,000 settlement between the city and the plaintiffs in this case. Santa Monica city formally had a regulation stating that all pit bulls needed to be muzzled when taken into public, but this ordinance was not applicable the time of the attack because of a California ruling stating that regulations controlling dogs in the state could not be breed-specific. Read more
- Dog bite statistics for San Diego California, 2011-2012.
Dog bite statistics between July 01, 2011-June 30, 2012 for San Diego County indicate that there were nearly 3000 reported dog bites on humans. Pit bull type dogs were involved in approximately 13.5% of these dog bite attacks. Read more
- $982,000 verdict against landlord for negligence in dog knock-down case.
A jury in Los Angeles awarded a postal worker nearly $1 million as a result of being attacked by a German Shepherd. Read more
- Murder charges filed against a 32-year-old man in connection with a fatal dog attack in, Little Rock, California.
A 32-year-old man was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the May 8, 2013 fatal dog attack on 63 year old Pamela Devitt in Little Rock, California. Devitt was mauled to death by four pit bull terriers during a morning walk near her home. Read more
- Why the high frequency of fatal dog attacks in Southern California?
First, large sections consist of desert-like conditions in which packs of dogs are frequently found roaming. In many parts of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties … Read more
- Can a Pomeranian inflict a fatal dog bite?
Hard to believe incident but a Pomeranian hopped into the bassinet of the newborn and inflicted a fatal dog bite wound. Another fatal dog attack in which the caretaker momentarily left the infant alone. Read more
- Siberian husky dog bite to 10 y.o. at school bus stop in California
Children waiting for the school bus were attacked by a pair of Siberian Huskies which escaped from a nearby property.
- Reconstruction of a German Shepherd dog bite attack
This was a dog bite incident in the Bay Area where the FedEx delivery person was attacked by the resident German Shepherd. Reconstruction of the incident through doubt on the version given by the defendant.
- Provocation by an intoxicated lady in a dog bite lawsuit in San Diego?
Arguing that the plaintiff provoked the dog to bite because of the plaintiff’s intoxicated state can be used to support the argument of comparative fault in strict liability states like California.
- Excessive force police dog bite lawsuit settles for $145,000
This is an example of a lawsuit in which a police canine was not controlled by his handler thereby resulting in a claim of excessive force.
- San Francisco dog bite statistics
Dog bite statistics specific to the city by the Bay
- Dog Whisperer sued for negligence in dog bite attack in California
A lawsuit brought against Cesar Milan due to the way he handled a dog brought into his facility in Los Angeles for training.
- California dog bites fatalities update, 2015
With the exception of Texas, more dog bite fatalities happened in California than in any other state in the USA. Read about several fatal dog bites that it happened in California in 2015.
- Retired police K-9 viciously attacked good Samaritan in California
This is one of many examples in which an innocent bystander being attacked by an out of control police K-9
- Dog bite info and statistics for Lake County, California
Lake County California is a rural and economically depressed county in California and home to marijuana growers who may use dogs to protect their crops.
- Pit bulls seized from fighting rings in California not necessarily vicious
- Owner seeks expert advice for dangerous dog hearing for Akita in Los Angeles
- Vicious pit bull mauling captured on video in California
- Vicious pit bull mauling in California
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