University of Vermont AAHS

Kentucky Liens for Services to Horses

 

Note: Kentucky has a veterinarian’s lien and a breeder’s lien, but no farrier’s lien.
 

I. Veterinarian’s Lien

KENTUCKY STATUTES
TITLE XXXI. DEBTOR-CREDITOR RELATIONS
CHAPTER 376. STATUTORY LIENS

 

376.470 VETERINARIAN'S LIEN

(1) Any licensed veterinarian who performs professional services for an animal, by contract with, or by the written consent of, the owner or authorized agent shall have a lien on the animal to secure the cost of the service provided.

(2) The priority among veterinarian's liens filed under this section shall be according to the first lien filed.


376.475 FILING REQUIREMENT; INDEXING; DISSOLUTION FOR NONENFORCEMENT

(1) Any lien provided for in KRS 376.470 shall be dissolved unless the claimant, within six (6) months after he ceases to provide services for the animal, files in the office of the county clerk of the county in which the animal is located, a statement of the amount due him, together with a description of the animal intended to be covered by the lien sufficiently accurate to identify it, the name of the owner, and whether the services were furnished by contract or written consent of the owner or agent. This statement shall be subscribed and sworn to by the person claiming the lien or by someone in his behalf. The claimant shall send by regular mail a copy of the statement to the owner at his last known address within seven (7) days of filing the statement with the county clerk. Any lien provided for in KRS 376.470 shall be dissolved if a copy of the statement is not sent to the property owner as provided in this subsection.

(2) The county clerk shall endorse upon each statement the date of its filing, and shall make an abstract of the statement in a book to be kept by him for that purpose, properly endorsed and indexed, containing the date of filing, the name of the person seeking to enforce the lien, the amount claimed, the name of the person against whose animal the lien is filed, and a description of the animal charged with the lien. The clerk shall receive a fee pursuant to KRS 64.012 from the person filing the statement as full compensation, which shall be taxed and collected as other costs.

(3) Any lien created under this section shall be dissolved unless an action is brought to enforce the lien within twelve (12) months from the day of filing the statement in the clerk's office as required by subsection (1) of this section. If the lienholder complies with all filing requirements under this section, and does so within the time herein fixed, his lien shall be valid and effective against any creditor of, or bona fide or other purchaser from, the owner of the animal, except as provided in KRS 257.105(2).

(4) The procedure to enforce a lien under KRS 376.470 shall be as provided in KRS 376.110, 376.120, and 376.130.
 

II. Breeder’s Lien

TITLE XXXI. DEBTOR-CREDITOR RELATIONS
CHAPTER 376. STATUTORY LIENS

 

376.420 LIEN FOR SERVICE FEE OF STALLION, JACK, OR BULL; ENFORCEMENT OF LIEN

(1) Any licensed keeper of a stallion, jack, or bull shall have a lien for the payment of the service fee upon the get of the stallion, jack, or bull, for one (1) year after the birth of the progeny. However, a lien created pursuant to KRS 376.400 shall take priority over a lien created pursuant to this subsection.

(2) This lien may be enforced by action as in cases of other liens, or by warrant as permitted in the case of the enforcement of the lien of the keeper of a livery stable or an agister.


Reviewed by AAHS in August 2001.


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