Bill passed to help unwanted horses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers have given final
approval to a bill intended to help unwanted, neglected or abused
horses.
The legislation shortens the statutory wait time for adopting
stray horses that wander onto private land or neglected and abused
horses that are confiscated by law enforcement authorities.
Under current law, people have to wait up to two years to adopt
such horses. The bill now heading to Gov. Steve Beshear for
consideration would reduce that wait to three months.
Republican state Rep. Dwight Butler of Harned, sponsor of the
legislation, said he's hopeful Beshear signs the measure because he
believes it could save the lives of many horses.
Beshear spokeswoman Kerri Richards said the governor will review
the bill when it arrives in his office.
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The legislation is House Bill 251.

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