Refutation of the stereotype of a ``killer dog'' in light of the behavioral interpretation of human corpses biting by domestic dogs
Krzysztof Maksymowicz , Krzysztof Marycz , Joanna Czogala , Tomasz Jurek
AbstractPostmortem bite injuries caused by domestic dogs are not very common, but because of their special character and concomitant occurrence, explaining them requires extensive forensic expertise and knowledge of the basics of animal behavior. The authors have analyzed reasons for the damage of human body caused by the dogs, with suspicion of fatal biting. Characteristics of the wounds, the description of the crime scene, the available psychophysical data of the animals, and the likely motives for the behavior exhibited by the dogs were examined. In the course of the study, it was concluded that the wounds were postmortem in nature and the crime scene character was atypical for the satisfaction of the scavenging instinct. Moreover, detailed analysis of the cases described in the text later revealed that uncharacteristic anxiety reactions with the sequent satisfaction of the exaggerated form of care-giving and the loyalty to the guardians were the most likely motivations for the actions of the dogs in the face of human death. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
|Journal series||Journal of Veterinary Behavior-Clinical Applications and Research, ISSN 1558-7878, (A 25 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||animal behavior; dog aggression; anxiety; dogs biting; postmortem animal scavenging|
|Publication indicators||= 3; = 3; : 2011 = 0.626; : 2011 = 1.345 (2) - 2011=1.133 (5)|
|Citation count*||3 (2020-08-07)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.