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
March 31, 2010
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
March 31, 2010
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
March 30, 2010
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
March 26, 2010
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
March 25, 2010
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
March 24, 2010
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
March 22, 2010
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
March 19, 2010
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
March 17, 2010
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.
March 16, 2010
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
March 12, 2010
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
March 11, 2010
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
March 08, 2010
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
March 03, 2010
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
March 01, 2010
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
February 25, 2010
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.
Morrill Coun Read More
February 23, 2010
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
February 23, 2010
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
February 22, 2010
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
February 15, 2010
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
February 12, 2010
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.
Animal welfare authorities from the Read More
February 11, 2010
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
February 10, 2010
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.
Linn County Sheriff& Read More
February 09, 2010
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
February 05, 2010
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.