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

Horsemeat Investigation Under Way in Florida

Police in Miami-Dade Florida are examining a vehicle to determine whether the meat found inside was derived from a horse. The probe is the latest into a series of incidents involving the slaughter of horses for their meat. Since Janu Read More

Plea Entered in New York Cruelty Case

A New York Morgan horse breeder and trainer accused of maltreating animals at her Erie County farm pleaded not guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges during an appearance in East Aurora Town Court on May 26.

In March, the Society Read More

Kansas Authorities Probe Alleged Horse Theft

Law enforcement authorities in Ellis County, Kan., are seeking information connected to the alleged theft of an Arab/Saddlebred-cross mare removed from its pasture at the RMH Ranch in Hays, Kan., on May 23. Read More

Ohio Horses Recovering from Accident Injuries

Two Quarter Horse geldings are under treatment for trauma and other injuries sustained when the gooseneck trailer in which they were riding overturned during a single-car incident on Ohio Interstate 71 May 22. The truck's driver and four ot Read More

Nevada BLM Roundup Case Dismissed

A lawsuit aimed at preventing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from conducting wild horse gathers at the Calico Mountain Complex Herd Management Area in Nevada failed on May 24 when a federal judge dismissed the case.

The suit cla Read More

Colorado Man Charged with Setting Stable Fire

A Colorado man faces multiple criminal charges in connection with a fire that killed 12 horses and several other animals earlier this month. The horses, a goat, and several chickens and roosters were residing in the stable in Commerc Read More

Ohio Horses' Owner Sought

Law enforcement authorities in Warren County, Ohio, are seeking the owner of two horses discovered standing on a roadside in Washington Township last month.

Sheriff's deputies discovered the sorrel riding horse and a brown and wh Read More

Botulism Poisoning Claims Tennessee Horses

Seven horses belonging to a Spring Hill, Tenn., riding academy are recovering after ingesting hay contaminated with botulism. Four other animals were euthanized at the scene as a result of botulism poisoning. The surviving horses were transport Read More

Maryland Rescue Seeks Help for Horses

A Maryland horse rescue is seeking volunteers and materials to assist in the care of 26 allegedly malnourished horses removed from a Garrett county farm on May 13. Read More

Florida Anti-Slaughter Bill Becomes Law

Anyone who slaughters a horse and sells its meat for human consumption in Florida now faces criminal felony charges under a new measure signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist on May 14.

HB 765 prohibits the mutilation or killing of an Read More

Slaughter Language Slashed From Missouri Bill

Language that would have established regulations and fees for horse processing operations in Missouri was removed from an omnibus agriculture bill that was passed by that state's Senate on May 14.

SB 795 contained language derive Read More

NY Farm Operator Faces Cruelty Charges

A New York farm operator faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged neglect of 73 horses that were removed from her Erie County property in March.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Read More

Indiana Authorities Suspend Compounding Lab's License

Franck's Compounding Lab Inc., the Florida-based company that produced a vitamin and mineral compound blamed for the deaths of 21 polo horses last year, has temporarily lost its license to do business in Indiana. The horses died after receiving a sel Read More

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.

The horses, a goat, and several chickens and rooster Read More

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.

The horse was in a p Read More

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.

Introduced by Rep. Jim Viebrock, HB 1747 would establish p Read More

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