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

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

Missouri Horsemeat Processing Bill Advances

A bill establishing horse processing plant operation and meat inspection regulations was passed by the Missouri House of Representatives on Monday (March 29). HB 1747 also requires plant operators to pay registration and processing fees to unde Read More

Controversial Ad Targets Oklahoma Equine Dentist Bill

A group of veterinarians in Oklahoma are hoping a controversial advertisement will convince state legislators to kill a bill that would allow horse owners and their employees to buy and administer veterinary prescription sedatives used in teeth Read More

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