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Mississippi Liens for the Care of Horses



85-7-103. Lien on stable or public pasture animals.

The owner of every livery stable, sale stable, feed stable or public pasture shall have a lien on every horse, mule, cow, or other animal for the price of feeding, grooming, training, grazing, or keeping the same, at the instance of the owner of the animal, and shall have the right to retain possession of the animal until such price be paid. If the price be not paid in ten days after it is due, the person to whom it is owing may commence suit therefor before a justice of the peace where the principal of the amount does not exceed two hundred dollars, and in the circuit court where it exceeds that sum, setting forth the amount of the debt, how it accrued, and a description of the animal; and, upon proof of the debt that it is due for feeding, grooming, training, grazing or keeping the animal, he shall be entitled to judgment against the owner for the amount due and sued for and the price of feeding, grooming, training, grazing and keeping the animal since the institution of the suit if the whole amount do not exceed the jurisdiction of the court, with costs as in other cases, and to a special order and execution for the sale of the property upon which the lien exists for the payment of such judgment and costs, and to an execution, as in other cases, for the residue of what remains unpaid after sale of the property. The lien created by this section shall be subordinate to any prior encumbrance on such animal of which the owner of the stable had notice, actual or constructive, unless the animal were fed, groomed, trained, grazed or kept by the consent of the encumbrancer.


85-7-105. Continuation of lien without possession.

If the lienholders mentioned in sections 85-7-101 and 85-7-103 part with possession of the property, they shall retain their liens while the property remains in the hands of the owner, or one deriving title or possession through him, with notice that the price of the labor and materials or the price of feeding, grooming, training, grazing or keeping the same was unpaid, and may enforce the same in like manner as is provided in sections 85-7-31 and 85-7-53.




85-7-31. Commencement of suit.

A person having any lien in sections 85-7-1 to 85-7-9 may enforce the same by making affidavit before any officer authorized to administer oaths of any county where the subject-matter of the lien may be, describing therein the property sought to be subjected, setting forth his claim, share or interest therein, and asserting his lien thereon, with an itemized account of his demand, and giving the names of the persons interested therein, and of those, if any, who have a like or other claim or interest in such property; whereupon the clerk or justice shall issue a writ directed to the proper officer and returnable to the proper court, commanding the officer to seize the property, or so much thereof as may be necessary to satisfy the plaintiff's demand and costs, and to summon the persons named in the affidavit as interested therein, to appear in the court designated, at the time fixed, to answer the complaint.


85-7-53. Sale of steamboat or water craft and its effect.

If the special writ of execution be for the sale of a steamboat or other water craft, the officer shall levy on, advertise and sell the same as personal property too cumbersome to be moved is levied on and sold for debt; and the purchaser shall acquire the same free from all prior encumbrances saving the rights of those having concurrent liens under this chapter.


Reviewed by AAHS in June 2001.

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