New Kentucky Database Lists Lost, Abandoned Horses

Kentuckians whose horses have gone missing can now search for them online using a new database.
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Kentuckians whose horses have gone missing can now search for them online using a new database created by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

The state veterinarian’s office has launched the “Stray or Abandoned Equine Database” where people can browse listings of horses that have been found and are being kept and cared for until their owners can claim them.

“Stray and abandoned horses are a serious problem in parts of Kentucky,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “This database will help owners of missing horses to find them and bring them home. The law that requires us to maintain the database also streamlines the process of managing stray and abandoned horses and helps counties reduce their costs.”

A new state law requires counties to contract with licensed veterinarians to document a lost or abandoned horse’s features and identifying characteristics and enter the information into the database. The entry includes two pictures of the horse—one from the front and one from the side. A person who claims a stray or abandoned horse is required to reimburse the county for the cost of the veterinarian’s examination and to reimburse the person who holds the horse—referred to in the law as the “taker-up”—for the costs of holding and caring for the animal

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