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

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.

HB 765 p Read More

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

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