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
April 08, 2008
The controversial Massachusetts animal cruelty case involving a geriatric mare that some animal welfare advocates maintain should be euthanized was continued to May 6 during a pre-trial hearing today in Uxbridge District Court.
"We're Read More
April 07, 2008
A controversial Massachusetts horse cruelty case might be resolved in court April 8 if the horse's owner agrees to euthanize the mare in question.
According to Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (MSPCA) Deputy Read More
April 03, 2008
A week after animal welfare officials removed 74 horses from a Jessamine County, Ky., farm, the animals are gaining strength and acclimating to their new surroundings.
"When they first came off the trailer, they were listless," said Kim Read More
March 31, 2008
Just days after advertisements appeared in Middle Tennessee newspapers offering cash for information about violators of the state's anti-soring law, phones at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) began to ring.
"We received more Read More
March 27, 2008
Despite rising river waters and extensive flooding throughout Northeast and Central Arkansas, Kay Jordan has not received a single call from horse owners with stranded animals.
"I would have heard from local humane societies if there was a Read More
March 22, 2008
A Richland County, S.C., grand jury handed down indictments last week for brothers James Trexler and Terry Trexler and for their mother, Hazelene Trexler, in connection with an ongoing case of animal abuse involving horses. The indictments add Read More
March 20, 2008
The recent case of alleged horse abuse in South Carolina underscores the need for a way to track convicted horse abusers nationwide, according Carol Darnell, a former Arabian horse breeder and longtime rescuer.
"We have to vet the people to Read More
March 19, 2008
The sponsor of a proposed Illinois measure designed to enhance horse transport safety has tabled a controversial amendment that equine advocates denounced as unacceptable.
"We're going to go back to the original bill," said Ill. Rep. JoAnn Read More
March 12, 2008
The case against the former owner of horses involved in a rollover trailer accident in Lake County, Ill., last October has been continued for a pre-trial hearing on April 14, according the clerk for Lake Circuit Court Judge Patrick N. Lawler. Read More
March 12, 2008
Animal abuse charges against James Trexler will be upgraded from misdemeanors to felonies if a Richmond County grand jury hands down an indictment in his case.
According to Kelly Graham, spokesperson for the Richland County, S.C., Humane Read More
March 07, 2008
Humane officials and horse owners worked well into the night on Thursday to remove horses from condemned buildings in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion in advance of the structures' scheduled demolition.
"The horses are being removed a Read More
March 06, 2008
Georgia officials visited Richland County, S.C., on Monday to attend court proceedings connected with the ongoing horse abuse case there. But before they left, they discovered that a total of 25 horses formerly under quarantine in Georgia had Read More
March 06, 2008
Hazelene Trexler, 70, and Terry Trexler, 44, were on their way to Georgia Thursday morning to face multiple counts of animal cruelty, according to Jefferson County, Ga., Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Kitchens. Two deputies were slated to leave Jefferson Read More
March 03, 2008
Remains of a dozen horses found in gravesites located on property formerly owned by the Trexler family in Sumter County, S.C., are undergoing forensic testing at a lab at Florida State University. The remains were recovered Saturday by Read More
March 02, 2008
A forensic veterinarian has joined the investigation to multiple alleged incidents of horse abuse in South Carolina.
Melinda D. Merck, DVM, senior director of veterinary forensics for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Read More
February 29, 2008
A mother and son each charged with more than 20 counts of ill treatment of animals in South Carolina are facing extradition to Georgia where similar counts have been filed against the pair.
Hazelene E. Trexler, 70, and her son Terry A. Read More
February 27, 2008
As wildfires continue to skip across Texas, the blazes have not yet caused mass evacuations of horses in affected areas, emergency management officials said on Wednesday.
"We've had a number of fires over the past several weeks Read More
February 26, 2008
Monday night, reining horse breeder and trainer Dee Hertig watched a line of wildfires creep closer to her Young County, Texas, ranch. With 12 horses in the pasture, she and husband, Jack, had to think fast to come up with a plan to get their Read More
February 26, 2008
One day after seizing 23 allegedly malnourished horses from an Eastover, S.C., pasture, investigators with the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) were compiling paperwork to seek legal ownership of the Read More
February 20, 2008
Two associations frequently at odds over the best way to promote Tennessee Walking Horses have joined together in a pact designed to promote the breed's versatility.
On Feb. 18, David Pruett, president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder Read More
February 19, 2008
The community of Williamson County, Tenn., is still reeling from the trio of tornadoes that ripped through Tennessee Feb. 5 and 6. The storms destroyed homes, demolished barns, and swept up horses in strong winds, according to resident Vivi Read More
February 17, 2008
The former owner of 59 horses involved in a semitrailer rollover accident last October in Wadsworth, Ill., is slated to appear in Lake County Circuit Court on March 3 according to a spokesperson for the Lake County, Ill., County Clerk.
Keit Read More
February 16, 2008
When Colleen O'Keefe, DVM, approached Illinois legislators about licensing horse rescue and shelter facilities around the state, the lawmakers were surprised.
"Usually, industries don’t want to be regulated," said O'Keefe, Division manager Read More
February 13, 2008
An flare-up of strangles that surfaced at Northfield Park racetrack in Ohio nearly three weeks ago is under control, according to Director of Racing Gregg Keidel. Seven horses contracted the bacterial infection.
"The horses are doing fine," Read More
February 01, 2008
Two Pike County, Ky., teenagers are behind bars for charges connected with a 2007 shooting spree that left three horses dead and another eight injured. The pair appeared in court in Pike County on Jan. 31 after their Read More