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South Carolina Liens for Services to Horses

NOTE:  South Carolina has no liens for farriers or breeders and has only a very limited lien for veterinarians.  However, its boarding lien is broad enough to cover the boarding cost of residential veterinary, farrier or breeding fees.
 

I.  Limited Veterinarian's Lien

CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA
TITLE 47. ANIMALS, LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY
CHAPTER 11. SALE, GRADING AND INSPECTION OF LIVESTOCK
ARTICLE 1. REGULATION OF STOCKYARDS, EQUINE SALES FACILITIES, AND DEALERS IN LIVESTOCK

 

47-11-140. Services of veterinarians provided for auctions; cost of tests and the like.

The commission may provide the service of competent veterinarians to attend auction sales at the various public livestock markets on the day of the sale. The costs, exclusive of the pay of a veterinarian provided by the commission, of all tests, serums, vaccine, treatments, and labor furnished by the livestock auction market necessary for the enforcement of this chapter and the protection of livestock against contagious and infectious diseases must be paid for by the buyer of the livestock, and the costs constitute a lien against the animals.
 

II.  Boarding Lien

CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA
TITLE 29. MORTGAGES AND OTHER LIENS
CHAPTER 15. MISCELLANEOUS LIENS FOR SERVICES, DAMAGES, STORAGE OR MATERIALS

 

29-15-60. Animal boarding facilities; liens upon animals for boarding expenses.

The owner of an animal boarding facility, at the end of an agreed upon term of boarding, shall have a lien upon any animal which is left with him for upkeep, rest, and training until the cost of the upkeep, rest, and training has been paid by the owner of the animal. The owner of the animal shall also be responsible for payment of the cost of upkeep, rest, and training of the animal after notice of the lien. If the owner of the animal has not paid the cost of upkeep, rest, and training of the animal after actual notice of the lien within ten days of such notice, the animal boarding facility owner may sell the animal after having advertised the time and place of the sale in a newspaper having general circulation in the county wherein the animal boarding facility is located at least seven days before the sale is to be held. After the sale of the animal, the owner of the animal boarding facility may deduct the cost of the upkeep, rest, and training of the animal before and after date of the notice of the lien, plus all expenses incurred from the advertising and sale provided in this section, and shall submit the balance of the proceeds of the sale to the previous owner of the animal. If the animal is not purchased at the advertised sale, the owner of the animal boarding facility shall become the owner of the animal with all the rights, privileges, and obligations of ownership. A transfer of ownership pursuant to this section entitles the new owner of the animal to obtain the breed registration certificate for the animal from the organization or association which issued the certificate.


Amended in 1997.
Reviewed by AAHS in August 2001.


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