NOTE: Massachusetts has no liens specifically for veterinarian, farrier or breeder services. However, the Massachusetts agister's lien is broad enough to cover boarding costs for residential veterinary, farrier or breeder services.
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAWS
PART III. COURTS, JUDICIAL OFFICERS AND PROCEEDINGS IN CIVIL CASES
TITLE IV. CERTAIN WRITS AND PROCEEDINGS IN SPECIAL CASES
CHAPTER 255. MORTGAGES, CONDITIONAL SALES AND PLEDGES OF PERSONAL PROPERTY, AND LIENS THEREON OTHER LIENS
§ 24. Domestic animals; care and custody
Persons having proper charges due them for pasturing, boarding or keeping horses or other domestic animals which are brought to their premises or placed in their care by or with the consent of the owners thereof shall have a lien on such animals for such charges.
§ 26. Enforcement
A person who has a lien, which is not described in sections fourteen to twenty-two, inclusive, or in chapter two hundred and fifty-four, for money due to him on account of work and labor, storage, care and diligence, or money expended on or about personal property under a contract express or implied, if such money is not paid, in the case of a lien described in section twenty-four, twenty-five or twenty-five A within ten days, or in other cases within sixty days, after a demand in writing delivered to the debtor or left at his usual place of abode, if within the commonwealth, or mailed postpaid to him at his usual place of abode without the commonwealth, may bring a civil action in the superior court or in a district court within the jurisdiction of which the plaintiff resides or has his usual place of business to have the property sold to satisfy the debt.
§ 29. Order for sale
If, upon a default or a trial it is found that a lien exists upon the property and that the property ought to be sold for the satisfaction of the debt, the court may make an order for such sale, determine and record the amount then due and award costs to the prevailing party. Any proceeds of the sale remaining after satisfying the debt, costs and charges, shall be paid to the owner upon demand.
Reviewed by AAHS in August 2001.
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