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 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.
February 05, 2010
Allegedly maltreated animals recently removed from a Texas ranch will be moving to new homes now that a Fannin County judge has put them in Habitat for Horses custody.
Fannin County police and Habitat for Horses investigators removed Read More
February 03, 2010
Law enforcement authorities in Parker County, Texas, hope the offer of a $10,700 cash reward will result in the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death of a young Quarter Horse last month.
On Jan. 24 ra Read More
February 02, 2010
An Ohio woman faces multiple animal cruelty charges after county animal welfare authorities removed 31 allegedly malnourished Arabian horses from her property.
Last week animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa Co Read More
February 01, 2010
More than 30 allegedly malnourished Arabian horses are receiving rehabilitative care after officials removed them from a farm in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
On Friday, Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa County discove Read More
January 28, 2010
An Oregon woman is facing multiple animal cruelty charges following the removal of 31 allegedly neglected horses from her property last week.
Linn County Sheriff's Deputies and animal rescue agency volunteers removed the animals Read More
January 25, 2010
The California family convicted on multiple animal cruelty charges connected to the removal of 100 horses from their Frazier Park ranch will serve jail time and are prohibited from Read More
January 22, 2010
Cincinnati's River Downs Race Track has established a "surrender stall" program for horse owners who can no longer care for their animals. The program was established in response to the Read More
January 19, 2010
Jason Meduna, the former Nebraska training ranch operator convicted on multiple felony animal cruelty counts involving the maltreatment of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs, will appear in Morrill County District Court on Feb. 23 for sen Read More
January 18, 2010
The former operator of a Nebraska training ranch for Bureau of Land Management mustangs has been found guilty on 145 of the 149 felony animal cruelty charges against him.
Jason Meduna was charged with 149 counts of class 4 felony ani Read More
January 15, 2010
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the shooting deaths of six wild horses rose to $12,500 this week, when the Humane Society of the United States added $2,500 to the existing $10,000 re Read More
January 13, 2010
A Texas man remains in jail following his arrest on animal cruelty charges for allegedly maltreating donkeys and horses on his property.
Acting on a complaint on Sunday, Fannin County Sherriff's Office and Habitat for Horses inve Read More
January 11, 2010
The former operator of a Nebraska training ranch for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs went on trial in Morrill County District Court today for allegedly maltreating more than 100 animals.
Last April Morrill County law enforce Read More
January 08, 2010
Two horses recently removed from an Ohio farm were euthanized due to poor body condition, said Clermont County Communications Director Kathy Lehr.
The two mares were among six allegedly malnourished thoroughbred horses removed by Cou Read More
January 08, 2010
A Fayette County, Ga., teenager has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals for shooting a horse with arrows.
A passerby discovered the wounded mare lying in its pasture in Brooks on Sunday. The horse had sustained arr Read More