Cattle organization starts Web-based identification program

Sunday, December 19th 2004, 5:25 pm
By: News On 6

UNDATED (AP) _ Horse owners in Texas and Oklahoma have a better way to keep track of their animals and to find them if they're stolen.

The Fort Worth-based Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is now managing an online database, The Horse Identification Program. It keeps information on individual horses, including detailed physical descriptions, color photographs and owner contact information.

Thirty peace officers in the cattle association's law enforcement division will oversee theft investigations in Texas and Oklahoma. The group will send information to authorities in other states and cities when horses are stolen outside the two states.

The program has been helping owners track missing animals since it went online in January.