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Michael Bogdal



Animal violation


"6 months, suspended for 1 year"

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United Kingdom

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"Michael Bogdal was wrongly convicted of violating the United Kingdom's 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act, after his dog attacked three people in the summer of 2005. Bogdal was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for one year of good behavior. Bogdal challenged his conviction on the basis that all the people were on his property when attacked, and the law didn't apply to people attacked on private property. In January 2008 the UK's Court of Appeals quashed Bogdal's conviction on the basis that the law was only applicable to attacks on public property, and was mainly intended to combat dogs running wild in a public area. The justices explained that It was essential that the concept of a "public place" should not lose touch with "ordinary usage and important liberties." Members of the public were only entitled to be on Bogdal's property as visiors, not by right."

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"Dog attack convictions quashed on appeal, By Press Association, Evening Courier (Halifax, UK), January 17, 2008"

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