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

Oklahoma Horsemen Rally After Tornado Strike

Members of Oklahoma's equestrian community are uniting to help their neighbors rebound after a fierce tornado whipped through the state on May 10. The storm demolished homes and barns in its path, and left several horses dead or injured.

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Missouri Slaughter Bill in Committee

A controversial Missouri bill that would allow horse processing plant development in that state was sent to the Senate Conference Committee May 11 for refinement. The committee has the power to strip slaughter language from the bill.

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Colorado Fire Claims 12 Horses

Law enforcement authorities and fire officials in Colorado are working together to determine who is responsible for a fire that killed 12 horses and several other animals on May 9.

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Thoroughbred Trainer Convicted of Cruelty Charges Released Early

A former Thoroughbred horse trainer who pleaded guilty to multiple animal cruelty counts earlier this year was released from jail on May 12 after serving 126 days of his 180-day sentence.

Chad Moore was charged with 12 counts of anim Read More

Horse Rescued From Tennessee Flood

A 3-year-old Paint horse is safe at home with his owner after traveling more than 10 miles down the Cumberland River when heavy rains caused flooding in Nashville, Tenn., and surrounding areas earlier this month.

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Canadian Authorities Probe Horse Deaths

Canadian animal welfare and law enforcement authorities are investigating the deaths of 40 horses discovered crowded near a fence at the Peigan Reserve in Southern Alberta. The horses were among more than 1,000 equines residing on the reserve. Read More

Cyber Campaign Targets Missouri Slaughter Bill

Some horse slaughter opponents are using social networking sites to urge the defeat of Missouri legislation that would allow horse processing plant development in that state.

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Evacuated Tennessee Horses Head Home

Tennessee horse owners took advantage of fair weather May 5 to bring their horses home from their temporary shelter at the Williamson County Agriculture Center in Franklin.

Owners brought between 200 and 300 horses to the center this Read More

Ohio Woman Convicted on Cruelty Counts

An Ohio woman has been found guilty on more than 40 counts of second-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty for maltreating Arabian horses on her Oak Harbor farm. An Ottawa County Municipal Court jury returned the verdicts April 30.

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Tennessee Rains Force Horse Evacuations

More than 200 horses were evacuated from Williamson County, Tenn., farms this weekend as more than 13 inches of rain fell within 24 hours in the rural county south of Nashville.

Owners began transporting their horses to the Williamso Read More

Illinois Slaughter Bill Returns to Committee

The sponsor of an Illinois bill that would reestablish horse processing in that state has referred it back to committee.

HB 4812 would repeal a state prohibition against horse processing for human consumption. The measure was poised Read More

Two Plead Not Guilty in Mustang Shooting Case

Two Nevada men facing federal charges in connection with the shooting deaths of five Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs at the Buckhorn Management Area in November pleaded not guilty to the charges during an appearance in U.S. District Co Read More

Montana Town Nixes Processing Slaughter Plant Development

The city of Hardin, Mont., will not be a site for horse processing plant development, thanks to an ordinance that forbids the location of high-volume slaughter operations within the city limits. The Hardin City Council passed the ordinance last Read More

Florida Anti-Slaughter Bill Advances

A Florida bill to that would make it a felony to slaughter horses and sell their meat for human consumption drew closer to passage on April 21 when that state's House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the measure.

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FDA Seeks Injunction Against Florida Pharmacy for Polo Pony Deaths

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking a federal court to stop Franck's Compounding Lab Inc. from manufacturing and selling compounded drugs used to treat animals. The Ocala, Fla., pharmacy produced a vitamin and mineral comp Read More

Oklahoma Equine Dentist Bill Becomes Law

A bill that allows individuals who are not licensed veterinarians to float horses' teeth if they meet state certification requirements became law in Oklahoma April 16, when Gov. Brad Henry signed HB 3202.

The measure also amends the Oklahoma Ve Read More

Purina Recalls Horse Feed Products

Feed manufacturer Purina Mills recalled two lots of its Strategy Professional Formula GX horse feed April 16 after metal fragments were discovered in certain 50-pound bags of the products. Read More

California Anti-Slaughter Bill Advances

A bill instructing California's congressional delegation to support federal legislation that would forbid the transport of horses to horse processing plants in Canada and Mexico took a step toward passage on April 15 when the state’s Read More

Oklahoma Equine Dentist Bill Advances to Governor

A measure that allows individuals who are not licensed veterinarians to float horses' teeth if they meet state certification requirements took another step toward becoming law on April 8 when the Oklahoma House of Representatives approved Read More

FEI and USEF Ponder Charges for Morrissey

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) are jointly initiating charges against equestrian Michael Morrissey for allegedly violating the organizations' rules during a comb Read More

Arizona Couple Charged for Horse's Death

An Arizona couple face multiple animal cruelty charges for allegedly killing a 26-year-old Arabian mare by injecting the animal with a homemade cocktail of pool acid and sodium bicarbonate. The pair are also charged with maltreating a 15-year-o Read More

Tennessee Horse Processing Bill Advances

A bill that would allow horse processing plant development in Tennessee advanced yesterday when members of the state's House Finance Subcommittee passed it by a slim 7-6 margin. The measure now moves on for full Finance, Ways and Means and Read More

Lawsuit Seeks Mustangs' Return to Range

A group of wild horse advocates have asked a federal judge to order the return of 1,800 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs to the Calico Mountain Complex range in Nevada. The BLM relocated the horses from the range to holding facilities d Read More

EHV: New Jersey Authorities Probe Possible Outbreak

Horses at six New Jersey farms remain under quarantine as animal health authorities investigate a possible outbreak of the neurologic form of the Equine equine Herpes herpesvirus.

The Equine Herpes virusherpesvirus can cause respirat Read More

Judge Allows Evidence in Ohio Cruelty Case

A judge has declined to discard evidence in the case of an Ohio woman charged with maltreating more than 40 Arabian horses at her Ottawa County farm.

Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa County seized 36 alleg Read More