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Rachel Kosmal McCart is a lifelong horsewoman and the founder of Equine Legal Solutions, PC, an equine law firm based in the Portland, Oregon area. Rachel is a member of the New York, California, Oregon and Washington State bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Rachel currently competes in three-day eventing.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Abandoned Horses and Title: Follow Up

Here's an interesting article from Arizona about just the kind of legal quagmire that "abandoned" horses create.

This case is a good illustration of how:
(1) It's often unclear exactly whom should be notified when horses are found, and even law enforcement may not be able to tell you the right answer
(2) Failure to notify the appropriate authorities can have negative financial consequences for the finder of a lost horse
(3) Even months and years after the horse goes missing, the lawful owner can reclaim the horse
(4) When reclaiming the horse, the lawful owner may be able to avoid reimbursing the well-meaning people who have paid to take care of his horse
(5) The fact that the horse was donated to a rescue and adopted out to a third party does not necessarily change (1) - (4) above.

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