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Kansas Liens for Services to Horses

NOTE: Kansas has a veterinarian's lien, but no lien specifically for farriers or breeders. It's agister's lien is broad enough to cover board charges for residential farrier and breeding services.

I. Veterinarian's Lien

47-836. Lien for veterinary services; preference.

A veterinarian, a veterinary partnership or a veterinary corporation offering veterinary service to animals in the field or otherwise, who shall, at the request of the owner or lawful possessor of any animal or animals, bestow any professional attention, care, vaccines, antisera, virus, antibiotics, or other medical treatment, food or service upon the same shall have a lien upon such animal or animals for the just and reasonable charges therefor, and may hold and retain possession of such animal until such charges are paid, but such lien shall be valid if the veterinarian recorded a verified notice of the lien upon such animal or animals in the office of the register of deeds in the county in which such veterinary services were rendered prior to the expiration of 60 days after such services were rendered. The possessory lien hereby created shall have preference over any and all other liens or encumbrances upon such animal or animals, regardless of where such veterinary service has been rendered. The nonpossessory lien created under this section shall have preference over any and all other liens or encumbrances upon such animal or animals, except for possessory liens under K.S.A. 58-207 and 58-220, and amendments thereto, and previously perfected security interests, regardless of where such veterinary service has been rendered. A lien under this section may not be enforced against a subsequent purchaser of the animal treated unless the purchaser has received actual prior notice of the existence of such lien.

47-835. Abandonment of animals; notice to owner; relief from liability for disposal; "abandoned" defined.

(a) Any animal placed in the custody of a licensed veterinarian for treatment, boarding or other care, which shall be unclaimed by its owner or its owner's agent for a period of more than ten (10) days after written notice by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, is given the owner or the owner's agent at such person's last known address, shall be deemed to be abandoned and may be turned over to the nearest humane society, or dog pound or disposed of as the custodian may deem proper.

(b) The giving of notice to the owner, or the agent of the owner, of such animal by the licensed veterinarian, as provided in subsection (a) of this section, shall relieve the licensed veterinarian and any custodian to whom such animal may be given of any further liability for disposal. Such procedure by a licensed veterinarian shall not constitute grounds for disciplining procedure under this act.

(c) For the purpose of this act, the term "abandoned" shall mean to forsake entirely, or to neglect or refuse to provide or perform the legal obligations for care and support of an animal by its owner, or its owner's agent. Such abandonment shall constitute the relinquishment of all rights and claims by the owner to such animal.

Kansas Liens for the Care of Horses

II. Agister's Lien

58-207. Lien for feed and care of livestock; sale for charges and expenses; assignment of lien.

The keepers of livery stables, and all others engaged in feeding horses, cattle, hogs, or other livestock, shall have a lien upon such property for the feed and care bestowed by them upon the same, and if reasonable or stipulated charges for such feed and care be not paid within sixty (60) days after the same becomes due, the property, or so much thereof as may be necessary to pay such charges and the expenses of publication and sale, may be sold as provided in this act: Provided, however, That any lien created by this act may be assigned.

58-209. Sale of animals or goods of perishable nature after thirty days.

If the property bailed or kept be horses, cattle, hogs, or other livestock, or is of a perishable nature and will be greatly injured by delay, or be insufficient to pay such charges for any further keeping, the person to whom such charges may be due may, after the expiration of thirty days from the time when such charges shall have become due, proceed to dispose of so much of such property as may be necessary to pay such charges and expenses as herein provided.

58-210. Additionalcompensation for care of property taken from proceeds.

Additional compensation for keeping and taking care of such property, necessarily incurred, may be taken from the proceeds of the sale as part of the charges.

58-211. Sale of property; notice required; form and content of notice.

Before any such property shall be sold, if the name and residence of the owner thereof is known, notice of such sale shall be given the owner in writing, either personally or by mail, or by leaving a notice in writing at such person's residence or place of doing business. If the name and residence is not known, the person having the possession of such property shall cause a notice of the time and place of sale, and containing a description of the property, to be published at least once a week for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper, if there is one published in the county where such sale is advertised to take place, and if there is no newspaper published in such county, then the notice shall be published in some newspaper of general circulation in such county. If the value of the property does not exceed $100, such notice may be given by written or printed handbills posted in at least five public places in the township or city where the bailee resides or the sale is to take place, one of which shall be in a conspicuous part of the bailee's place of business. Notices given under this section shall state that if the amount due with storage keeping and sale costs is not paid within 15 days from the date of mailing, personally giving or posting of the notice (as the case may be), the property will be sold at public auction.

58-212. Public auction sale required.

All sales under this act shall be at public auction, for cash.

58-213. Proceeds of sale.

The proceeds of such sale, after the payment of charges and the expenses of publication and sale, shall, if the owner be absent, be deposited with the treasurer of the county where the sale takes place by the person making such sale, he or she taking the treasurer's receipt therefor, and shall be subject to the order of the person legally entitled thereto.

58-214. Filing copies of notices, proof of publication and other papers with county clerk; evidence.

Copies of the notices required by this act, and proof of the publication, posting or giving thereof, and an affidavit of the mechanic, artisan, tradesman, carrier or other bailee, or some competent agent or witness in his or her behalf, setting forth the claim and the actual expenses of the publication and sale, shall be filed and kept in the county clerk's office of the county where the sale takes place, and the same or copies thereof duly certified by such clerk shall be received as presumptive evidence of the matters therein contained.

58-215. Voluntary delivery of property as abandonment of lien; waiver by special contract.

The voluntary delivery to the owner or claimant of any personal property by any person claiming a lien thereon, as provided in this act, shall be held to be an abandonment of such lien, and such lien may also be waived by special contract.

58-220. Agister's lien; recording notice with register of deeds; sale for charges and expenses.

Any owner of pasture lands, or the trustee or agent of such owner, who shall lease or rent such pasture lands exclusively for pasture purposes to any person, copartnership or corporation for the pasturing of cattle, horses, sheep or other livestock shall have a first and prior lien upon all of such livestock or so much thereof as may be necessary to secure the payment of the rent for said pasture lands, only, and said lien shall be preferred to that of any prior security interest or other encumbrance and shall be valid irrespective of possession by the owner of such lands, or the owner's trustee or agent: Provided, The lessor record a duly verified notice of his or her claim to a lien upon such livestock in the office of the register of deeds in the county where such livestock is pastured prior to the expiration of fifteen (15) days after such livestock is removed from the pasture.

If the contract price be not paid when the same is due and payable, the said livestock, or so much thereof as may be necessary to pay said lien and the expenses of sale, may be sold at public sale in the county where the lien arose, after giving ten days' written notice to the owner, trustee or agent by registered mail at his or her last-known address, and by publishing notice of said sale once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where said livestock may be located: Provided further, That foreclosure proceedings must be commenced on or before December thirty-first following the season for which such rent is owing.

58-221. Same; disposition of proceeds of sale.

The proceeds of such sale, after the payment of all charges and expenses of sale, and the lien of the claimant, shall be deposited with the county treasurer wherein said livestock was sold. The proceeds so deposited shall be held by said county treasurer subject to the order of the person or persons legally entitled thereto.

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