By Portia Williams
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has launched a new equine stray website, and Senator Robin L. Webb, D-Grayson, was able to view the website first-hand.
According to reports, the website is a result of House Bill 312, which deals primarily with an increasing number of stray horse, particularly in restored mining areas. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, reduces the hold period for stray horses from 90 days to 15 days.
This new law will allow for more positive outcomes for horses and the local communities by significantly shortening the amount of time a stray horse must be held before the animal can be re-homed, and decreasing the high costs for local officials to care for the horses. HB 312 brings Kentucky more in line with bordering states that all have 10-day hold periods.
Senator Webb said she is glad to have played an intrinsic part of the HB312 legislation.
“I am glad I was able to strengthen this important legislation,” Webb said. “This site will be a great resource for folks to find their lost horses. This is just another tool the Department of Ag is providing for our citizens and I applaud the work of all those involved from Rep. McKee to all the Ag employees who have played a part to get the site up and ready.”
Stray horses from across the state of Kentucky can be entered on the website – complete with photos by county judge executives. Citizens can visit the website through a link on the Department of Agriculture’s webpage to look for their missing animals. Citizens will be able to narrow their search to a particular county and counties surrounding it.
Webb said the new website will serve as a wonderful resource for those who have lost horses.
To search for a missing horse, visit the website at: www.kyagr.com/statevet/strayhorse.
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