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Posted by: Landry Butler on Aug 31, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andre´e S. Blumstein, Solicitor General; Linda D. Kirklen, Assistant Attorney General; Scott C. Sutherland, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellant, State of Tennessee.

Attorneys 2:

J. Houston Gordon, Covington, Tennessee, for the appellees, Kelly Sherman, and Beverly Sherman.

Judge(s): STAFFORD

This is the second appeal involving the attempted forfeiture of horses that had allegedly been the victims of animal abuse. The State appeals the trial court’s finding that Appellee owners had standing to contest the forfeiture and the grant of summary judgment to Appellee owners on the ground that the State failed to comply with applicable procedural requirements. We conclude that because Appellees are “owners” as defined by Tennessee Code Annotated section 39-11-702(3), they have standing to contest the forfeiture. We also conclude that the undisputed facts establish that the attempted forfeiture did not comply with the substantive and procedural requirements of the applicable forfeiture statutes. The trial court’s ruling is, therefore, affirmed.