NOTE: Washington has a breeder's lien and a combination
veterinarian's and agister's llien. It has no farrier's lien, but the agister's lien
is broad enough to cover boarding charges for residential farrier services.
CODE OF WASHINGTON
TITLE 60. LIENS
CHAPTER 60.52. LIEN FOR SERVICES OF SIRES
60.52.010. Liens authorized--Filing statement
In order to secure to the owner or owners of sires payment for service, the following provisions are enacted: That every owner of a sire having a service fee, in order to have a lien upon the female served, and upon the get of any such sire, under the provisions of this chapter, for such service, shall file for record with the county auditor of the county where said sire is kept for service a statement, verified by oath or affirmation, to the best of his knowledge and belief, giving the name, age, description and pedigree, as well as the terms and conditions upon which such sire is advertised for service: Provided, That owners of sires who are not in possession of pedigrees for such sires shall not be debarred from the benefits of this chapter.
60.52.020. Auditor's certificate--Contents--Posting
The county auditor, upon the receipt of the statement as specified in RCW 60.52.010, duly verified by affidavit, shall issue a certificate to the owner or owners of said sire, which shall be posted by the owner in a conspicuous place where said sire may be stationed, which certificate shall state the name, age, description, pedigree and ownership of such sire, the terms and conditions upon which the said sire is advertised for service, and that the provisions of this chapter, so far as relates to the filing of the statement aforesaid, has been complied with.
60.52.030. Statement of lien--Filing--Duration of lien
The owner or owners of any such sire receiving such certificate, by complying with RCW 60.52.010 and 60.52.020, shall obtain and have a lien upon the female served for the period of one year from the date of service, or upon the get of any such sire for the period of eighteen months from the date of birth of such get: Provided, Said owner or owners shall file for record a statement of account, verified by affidavit, with the county auditor of the county wherein the service has been rendered, of the amount due such owner or owners for said service, together with a description of the female served, within ten months from the date of service or date of birth, as the case may be: Provided further, That the lien upon the get of any such sire shall be a preferred lien: And provided further, That no sale or transfer of any female animal served shall defeat the right of such lien holder.
60.52.040. Foreclosure of lien
Liens under this chapter may be foreclosed as provided in chapter 60.10 RCW.
60.52.050. Auditor's fees
For filing certificate, making copy of such affidavit, and the certificate
of date of such filing, the clerk of record shall be entitled to the same fees as are
provided by law for similar service in regard to chattel mortgages.
TITLE 60. LIENS
CHAPTER 60.56. AGISTER AND TRAINER LIENS
60.56.005. Definition of "agister."
For purposes of this chapter "agister" means a farmer, ranchman, herder of cattle, livery and boarding stable keeper, veterinarian, or other person, to whom horses, mules, cattle, or sheep are entrusted for the purpose of feeding, herding, pasturing, training, caring for, or ranching.
60.56.010. Liens created
Any agister shall have a lien upon the horses, mules, cattle, or sheep, and upon the proceeds or accounts receivable from such animals, for such amount that may be due for the feeding, herding, pasturing, training, caring for, and ranching of the animals, and shall be authorized to retain possession of the horses, mules, cattle, or sheep, until the amount is paid or the lien expires, whichever first occurs. The lien attaches on the date such amounts are due and payable but are unpaid.
60.56.015. Liens perfected
An agister who holds a lien under RCW 60.56.010 shall perfect the lien by (1) posting notice of the lien in a conspicuous location on the premises where the lien holder is keeping the animal or animals, (2) providing a copy of the posted notice to the owner of the animal or animals, and (3) providing a copy of the posted notice to any lien creditor as defined in RCW 62A.9-301(3) if the amount of the agister lien is in excess of one thousand five hundred dollars. A lien creditor may be determined through a search under RCW 62A.9-409. The lien holder is entitled to collect from the buyer, the seller, or the person selling on a commission basis if there is a failure to make payment to the perfected lien holder.
60.56.018. Potential sale of animal to which lien is attached--Notice to lien holder and potential buyer
A party subject to a lien under RCW 60.56.010 shall notify (1) the lien holder of a potential sale of the animal or animals to which the lien is attached, (2) a potential buyer of the existence of the unsatisfied lien against the animal or animals for sale, and (3) any lien holder of record of the potential sale of the animal or animals and of the existence of the unsatisfied lien.
60.56.021. Violation of RCW 60.56.018--Civil action for damages--Civil fine
A person injured by a violation of RCW 60.56.018 may bring civil action in the appropriate court of jurisdiction to recover the actual damages sustained, together with the costs of the suit, including reasonable attorney fees and any other costs associated with satisfaction of the lien. The court may, in its discretion, increase the award of damages to an amount not to exceed three times the actual damages sustained.
If damages are awarded under this section, the court may impose on a liable party a civil fine of not more than one thousand dollars to be paid to the plaintiff.
60.56.025. Lien created for care of animal seized by law enforcement officer
If a law enforcement officer authorizes removal of an animal pursuant to chapter 16.52 RCW, the person or entity receiving the animal and aiding in its care or restoration to health shall have a lien upon the animal for the cost of feeding, pasturing, and caring otherwise for the animal. The lien attaches on the date such costs are due and payable but are unpaid. Any such person is authorized to retain possession of the animal until such costs are paid or the lien expires, whichever first occurs.
60.56.035. Expiration of lien
Any lien created by this chapter shall expire one hundred eighty days after it attaches, unless, within that period, an action to enforce the lien is filed pursuant to RCW 60.56.050.
60.56.050. Enforcement of lien
Any person having a lien under the provisions of this chapter may enforce the same under chapter 60.10 RCW or, at the agister's option, by an action in any court of competent jurisdiction. If enforcement is through court proceeding, the property may be sold on execution for the purpose of satisfying the amount of the judgment and costs of sale, together with the proper costs of keeping the same up to the time of the sale.
Amended in 1998.
Reviewed by AAHS in August 2001.
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