Los Angeles, California — The city and county of Los Angeles make provisions to deal with incidents of dog bites in California or other injuries caused by canines. In Los Angeles, a “dangerous dog hearing” may be called in the event of a dog attack in California. A California dog bite is treated very seriously since the state does not have a “one-bite” rule as some states do. Under a one-bite rule, the first time a dog bites it is not assumed that the owner knew the dog was dangerous. However, in California, any dog bite is considered the responsibility of the owner.

Dr. Richard Polsky notes that the outcome of a dangerous dog hearing is not necessarily predictable. Depending on the circumstances, the dog may be returned to the owner, the dog’s license may be revoked, or the dog could be removed from the owner’s control. The outcome of the hearing depends on the incident that brought the owner to court and if the dog has bitten more than twice. If so, the animal may be removed and action brought against the owner.

Although it is theoretically up to the complainant to prove that the dog is vicious, many hearing officers are biased against owners and their dogs. Highly-publicized fatal dog attacks with certain breeds such as pit bulls mean that any dog of this breed is already considered dangerous by many officers. It is important that an owner with an accused dog have the help of a dog bite expert witness if they are to overcome this bias.

Richard Polsky, Ph.D., is a dog expert that understands what motivates dog behavior. He has helped both dog owners and plaintiffs to win cases based on the science of animal behavior rather than emotion or bias. Dr. Polsky advises owners to take the following steps if they are subjected to a dangerous dog hearing:

* Obtain legal counsel. Representation by an attorney can help the owner protect his or her rights.

* Obtain a professional opinion from an animal behaviorist. An animal behaviorist can often bring in evidence based on scientific data that can help the owner counter allegations of “viciousness” or other negative qualities.

* Obtain “good dog” witnesses. If the dog is normally well-behaved, this evidence can be used in court to support the owner’s case.

* Be prepared to fight unjust decisions. If the hearing is not conducted fairly, it is up to owners to seek an appeal.

About Dr. Richard Polsky:

Dr. Polsky is an animal behavior specialist who has testified in hundreds of dog bite and dog attack cases. He is available for expert testimony for both plaintiffs and defendants.

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