Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

Articles by Pat Raia

Tennessee Livestock Cruelty Bill Fails

A bill that would make cruelty to horses and other livestock a felony in Tennessee died in the state's House of Representatives Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. Current law applies to companion animals only

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Oklahoma Equine Dentistry Bill Passes Senate

A measure that allows individuals who aren't licensed veterinarians to float horses' teeth if they meet state certification requirements passed the Oklahoma Senate today (March 31). HB 3202 also amends the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act to allow... Read More

Horse Owner Sentenced in Louisiana Abuse Case

The Louisiana man charged with brutalizing his horse in 2007 has been sentenced to three years' probation and is prohibited from contact with horses for three years.

Tony Meyers was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to anima Read More

South Dakota Seeks USDA Horsemeat Inspections

Lawmakers in South Dakota have passed a resolution seeking the reinstatement of USDA inspection of horse processing plants. A federal appeals court ceased private-pay funding for horsemeat inspections after states took action to closed horse pr Read More

Captive Bolt Shooting: Information Reward Grows

The reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the death of a Quarter Horse in South Carolina has grown to $3,000, said Monte Beasley, owner of Circle B Farm in Anderson County.

The horse was discovere Read More

New Soring Investigation Procedures Announced by USDA

Exhibitors at gaited horse shows will be subject to additional Horse Protection Act (HPA) compliance procedures this season under new USDA inspection rules for Horse Industry Organizations.

The USDA requires organizations conducting Read More

Horse Rescues Reach Out to Trainers, Owners

With 150 horses currently under care and placement requests on the rise, operators of the Grace Foundation of Northern California hope trainers can help some horses find permanent homes.

The Honoring Equines for Life Project (HELP) R Read More

Baltimore Cart Ponies to be Returned to Owners

Ponies used to pull vendor carts might be back to work soon under an agreement between their owners and City of Baltimore authorities. The ponies are all owned by so-called Arabbers, Baltimore street vendors who sell produce from horse-drawn ca Read More

Tennessee Lawmakers Seek Felony Charges for Horse Cruelty

Horse owners in Tennessee who intentionally neglect their animals would face felony charges under a bill recently introduced into the state's House of Representatives.

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Ohio Woman Accused of Cruelty Declines Plea Deal

The Ohio woman accused of maltreating more than 40 Arabian horses has rejected a plea agreement that would reduce the charges against her.

Robin Vess was charged with 42 counts of animal cruelty last month after animal welfare author Read More

Charges Filed in Nevada Mustang Shootings

Two Nevada men face federal charges in connection with the shooting deaths of five Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs at the Buckhorn Herd Management Area in November.

Agency helicopter pilots discovered the animals' carcas Read More

Wyoming Changes Livestock Disposal Options

Wyoming livestock authorities can slaughter stray or feral livestock, including horses, and sell their meat under a measure signed into law by Gov. Dave Freudenthal on Tuesday. HB 122, the Disposal of Livestock Act Read More

Hay Banks Help Horses, Owners in Need

As some recession-weary horse owners struggle to feed their animals, hay banks in some states are helping those most in need.

Hay banks provide owners with enough hay to keep their horses healthy during times of crisis, often up to o Read More

Thoroughbred Trainer Pleads Guilty to Abuse Charges

Thoroughbred trainer Chad Moore will serve 180 days in jail and is barred from owning or training animals for five years after pleading guilty to six counts of animal abandonment under an agreement entered in Clermont County Municipal Court on Read More

State Slaughter Bills Pending

Legislators in several states are again considering bills that address the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

In Florida, lawmakers are reviewing a pair of bills that would make it felony to slaughter horses and sell their me Read More

Nebraska Rancher Sentenced on Cruelty Charges

Jason Meduna, the Nebraska rancher found guilty of maltreating former Bureau of Land Management mustangs will serve not less than 40 months in prison, and is prohibited from owning or working with livestock for 30 years.

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Ohio Arabian Case: Attorney Seeks Evidence Dismissal

The attorney representing an Ohio woman accused of maltreating more than 30 Arabian horses has asked a judge to discard evidence against his client on grounds that it was illegally obtained.

Last month, animal welfare authorities fro Read More

Owners Claim Gathered Florida Horses

Nearly all of the 20 horses formerly running at large in a rural section of Miami-Dade County, Fla., have been claimed by their owners.

Hialeah police and South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) voluntee Read More

Loose Horses Rounded Up by Florida Group

Nearly a dozen horses formerly running at large in a rural section of Miami-Dade County are receiving rehabilitative care from the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Hialeah police and SPCA volunte Read More

Canadian Rules Could Impact Slaughter Exports

New Canadian horse processing regulations could slow the flow of U.S. horses to slaughter plants there, say equine welfare advocates.

Last month the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) advised all Canadian owners of horses that co Read More

Rescue Group to Place Ohio Arabians

More than 30 allegedly maltreated Arabian horses that were removed from an Ohio farm last month will soon be on their way to foster homes, according to Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan.

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Ohio Seized Horse Ownership: Federal Ruling Sought

Attorneys in Ohio are asking a U.S. District Court judge to declare an Arabian horse rescue organization the legal owner of horses removed from an Oak Harbor farm last month.

Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Otta Read More

Seized Oregon Horses Recovering

Most of the 31 horses removed from an Oregon farm last month are thriving under rehabilitative care, said Cindy Kingsberry, president and founder of Linn County Animal Rescue, the agency in charge of the animals.

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Ohio Arabian Group Granted Custody of Seized Horses

An Arabian horse welfare organization has assumed the care of 31 allegedly malnourished horses seized from an Oak Harbor, Ohio, farm last month.

Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa County discovered 37 animal Read More

New Equine Dentist Bill before Oklahoma House

A bill that would protect non-veterinarian equine dentists in Oklahoma from criminal prosecution advanced yesterday when that state's House of Representatives' Agriculture and Rural Development Committee approved the measure.

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