This case involves a Chinese food restaurant delivery driver who was severely injured while delivering food to a customer. She was waiting outside the customer’s house when a pit bull ran out and used its teeth to grab the bag of food. The owner came out and instructed the dog to stop, but when the dog let go of the bag of food, it bit the delivery driver in the leg. It was alleged that the dog’s veterinarian had noted that the owner was overbreeding the dog. The veterinarian had described the dog as being overly aggressive when the dog came into the office for a checkup. It was also alleged that the owner knew the dog was a danger to other people and put the dog in a muzzle whenever leaving the house. An expert in veterinary medicine with familiarity treating pit bulls was sought to opine on behavioral and personality traits in pit bull breeds and discuss how this incident could have been avoided.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. In your practice, how often do treat pit bulls or pit bull mixes?
- 2. What are some of the behavioral traits of pit bulls?
Expert Witness Response E-382401
In my practice, I treat dogs of all breeds, and the practice is exclusively dedicated to diagnosis and treatment of behavior concerns in companion animals. I haven’t collected statistics on what percentage of my patients are pit bull type dogs, but can say with confidence that I am a qualified expert witness on the matter of dogs and their behavior patterns.
This highly qualified expert has 15 years of experience in the field of veterinary medicine. He completed two residencies in veterinary behavior at a university veterinary clinic and at an animal behavior clinic. He is certified as an animal behavior consultant and is board certified in veterinary medicine. This expert is a member of numerous professional organizations including the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. He previously served as a veterinarian at a university veterinary medical center and as an associate veterinarian and behaviorist at an animal behavior clinic. He currently serves as the vice president of veterinary behavior for a dog behavior and training company and as a veterinary behaviorist at an animal behavior clinic.