Lily recently read Debi Metcalfe's article in Equus Magazine titled, When is Horse Theft Not A Crime
. After reading the article, she had many really great well, thought questions.
We did answer her questions, but since laws can be different in different states, law enforcement can use each form of ID differently. We thought it would be good for her to hear from other horse owners across the US.
We will do our best to explain the reality behind the misinformation and myths in our comments.What worked? What didn't? Why?
We want to hear from people who have successfully and unsuccessfully recovered a missing, lost, or stolen horse.
Lily's questions and comments follow.
"Hello! After I read your article in Equus, I was wondering— Does a microchip implanted by a vet PROVE ownership? I have two horses who were rescues that I do not have a bill of sale for. This is why I am asking.
I also have one horse that has a bill of sale, but it is handwritten and not notarized in any way. Would this be considered legally valid?
Also, what can I do if it is not proof of ownership?
One more question— sorry! I am attempting to run a cost-benefit analysis on freeze branding versus chipping.
1. Is one more painful?
2. Is one more invasive?
3. Is a freeze brand more of a theft deterrent?
4. Does one more legally prove ownership?
5. How much would one cost compared to the other?
6. Can one be altered?
Also, some are saying auctions don’t always check for chips.