Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a professional journalist who has covered horse industry and equestrian topics for a number of publications. Her background includes riding, showing, and training Saddlebred horses.

Articles by Pat Raia

Plea Deal Entered in Pennsylvania Cruelty Case

A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to 13 animal cruelty counts and relinquished ownership of his animals under a plea bargain entered in Northampton County District court on June 4.

Joseph Mayer was originally charged with 38 counts of Read More

Mixed Results on Slaughter Bills as State Legislatures Adjourn

The sponsor of Tennessee legislation promoting horse processing plant development in that state is not giving up on the bill, although it's now stalled in the state's Senate Commerce Committee.

Sponsored by Rep. Frank Niceley, HB 1428 would Read More

100 Horses Seized, Felony Abuse Charges for California Family

A California Superior Court Judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence to press felony charges against several members of a family accused of maltreating horses at their Ventura County ranch.

Jane Bor, her son Ernie, and daughter-in-law Read More

Oklahoma Equine Dentistry Bill Remains Controversial

Oklahomans who are not veterinarians will soon be able to float horses' teeth without risking felony charges, now that Gov. Brad Henry signed SB 452 into law on Thursday.

SB 452 strips an amendment to the state's Veterinary Practice Act of Read More

New Charges Against Nebraska Mustang Ranch Operator

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs and burros now faces more than 140 counts of felony animal cruelty in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals seized from his Read More

Texas Groups Win Custody of 57 Seized Horses

A Texas Justice of the Peace has awarded custody of 57 Thoroughbred and Arabian horses to the equine welfare groups that have been caring for them since the animals were seized May Read More

Texas Groups Care for Seized Herd

More than 50 allegedly neglected horses are receiving rehabilitative care from two Texas rescue agencies after they were removed from their owner's care earlier this month.

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Oklahoma Legislators Back Lay Equine Dentists

Oklahoma legislators have approved a measure that allows individuals who are not veterinarians to float horses' teeth without risking felony charges.

SB 452 strips an amendment from the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act of 2008 that Read More

Florida Horse Poaching Continues

Police in Miramar, Fla., are searching for poachers responsible for killing two Paso Fino horses for their meat. The horses' butchered carcasses were discovered in their pasture on May 6 when their owner arrived to feed them.

The case is th Read More

Owner Sentenced in Illinois Trailer Accident Case

The former owner of 59 draft horses involved in a 2007 tractor-trailer truck rollover accident in Illinois was sentenced to supervision and ordered to pay $4,000 in fines and restitution in connection with the incident.

The accident Read More

AQHA Suspends Texas Trainer

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has suspended trainer Cleve Wells in connection with the treatment a horse received from an employee at Wells' Burleson, Texas, facility.

On April 23, the AQHA Executive Committee announced that Read More

Montana Slaughter Law Could Face Challenges

A new Montana state law invites private investors to develop horse slaughter facilities in that state. But opponents say compliance and court challenges might discourage prospective investors from ever breaking ground on plant projects.

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Rescued Mustangs Available for Adoption

More than 200 BLM mustangs removed last month from a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary are gaining strength and are now available for adoption to qualified new owners.

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Montana Horse Slaughter Bill Becomes Law

A measure promoting privately-owned horse processing plant development in Montana became law on Friday when Gov. Brian Schweitzer allowed the bill to lapse into law.

HB 418 insulates prospective plant developers from permit and Read More

BLM Cites Co-Owner of Nebraska Mustang Ranch

The co-owner of a Nebraska training ranch from which 211 BLM mustangs and burros were recently removed faces federal charges for the alleged maltreatment of a mustang adopted in her name.

On April 16, the BLM cited Anissa Meduna, co Read More

BLM to Offer Cash Incentives for Wild Horse Adoptions

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hoping cash incentives will boost adoptions of wild horses and burros that would otherwise spend their lives in long-term holding facilities.

Under a pilot program slated to debut at an Read More

Mustang Bill Heads to House

A bill prohibiting the euthanasia of healthy Bureau of Land Management (BLM) horses took a step toward becoming law on Wednesday when members of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee approved the measure by a Read More

BLM Could Seek Charges against Mustang Ranch Operator

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs could face further penalties if the BLM decides to seek its own charges in the case.

Morrill County authorities charged Jason Meduna Read More

Mustang Ranch Operator Surrenders Animals

The owner of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs and burros has surrendered more than 200 animals to two equine rescue agencies.

On Tuesday, Jason Meduna, operator of Read More

Nebraska Mustang Trainer Arrested for Cruelty

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is facing cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of an undisclosed number of animals.

On Saturday, Morrill County Read More

Arkansas Slaughter Resolution Goes to Governor

A resolution instructing Arkansas' Congressional delegation to vote against a bill that would prohibit the export of horses to slaughter facilities in Mexico and Canada is now before that state's governor for his signature.

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Mustang Trainer Faces Felony Animal Cruelty Charge

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is free on $20,000 bond after being charged with one count of Class 4 felony animal cruelty in connection with the alleged maltreatment of Read More

Slaughter Bills Before Montana, North Dakota Governors

A bill that would facilitate the development of a private sector horse processing plant in Montana is on its way back to Gov. Brian Schweitzer's desk now that the state's full legislature has rejected his Read More

Montana House Rejects Slaughter Bill Amendments

The Montana House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected gubernatorial amendments to a bill that would facilitate the establishment of privately owned horse processing plants in that state.

In its original form, HB 418 prohibited Read More

Cross-Country Walk Draws Attention to Equine Welfare

A Colorado woman is walking from Newark, Del., to Long Beach, Calif., in an effort to urge lawmakers and others to help the nation's unwanted horses. Kristina Kremer set out March 14 on the slow journey she expects to finish this fall. Read More