Kentucky Horse Council Announces Support of Legislation Defining Equine Abuse and Making It a Felony

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Newsdate: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 9:30 pm
Location: LEXINGTON, Kentucky

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced support for their top legislative priority for 2019, HB 98 also known as Klaire's Law. The bill strengthens the laws surrounding equine abuse and neglect.

Neglected horses living in unhealthy conditions.

Neglected horses living in unhealthy conditions

Cruelty to equines would be made a Class D felony and the bill provides for termination of ownership interests for guilty parties.
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Introduced by Representative Diane St. Onge, HB 98 creates a new section of KRS 525 clearly defining equine abuse and neglect.

Cruelty to equines would be made a Class D felony and the bill provides for termination of ownership interests for guilty parties as well as restitution for damage to the property of others as well as for the costs associated with caring for any equine that was the subject of the offense resulting in conviction.

Find the amended bill here: HB 98.

The bill has received bipartisan sponsorship support from Representatives St. Onge, Mark Hart, and Ruth Ann Palumbo. To help advance HB 98, please contact your legislator and voice your support. Individuals can find your legislators here: Find your legislator.

"At a time when Kentucky has been consistently recognized for having the worst animal welfare laws in the United States, we are pleased to see our elected officials taking notice and making a stand to protect equine rights," said Kentucky Horse Council Board President Ryan Watson.

"It is critical that we protect the animals that make up our Commonwealth's signature industry and take a step forward as a leader in the equine industry in this country."

For more information on how to support HB 98, please contact Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross at or (859) 367-0509.

About the Kentucky Horse Council

The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.

The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.

Press release by Katy Ross, Kentucky Horse Council

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