New database lists lost, abandoned horses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentuckians whose horses have gone missing can search for them on the Internet using a new database created by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

The state veterinarian’s office has launched a Stray or Abandoned Equine Database where people can browse listings of horses that have been found and are being kept and cared for until their owners can claim them.  A person who claims a stray or abandoned horse is required to reimburse the county for the cost of the veterinarian’s examination and to reimburse the person who holds the horse for the costs of caring for the animal.

House Bill 312, passed in the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, also reduced from 90 to 15 days the amount of time a person must hold a stray horse before he or she can claim it and sell it. The 15-day window opens after the horse’s information is properly filed and posted on the Stray or Abandoned Equine Database.

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To view the Stray or Abandoned Equine Database, go to