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

UK Microchip Exemption Sought for Semiferal Foals

Some equine advocates in the United Kingdom want the government to exempt semi-feral foals from proposed mandatory microchipping regulations until they leave public lands because compliance is too costly for the foals' owners. Read More

Horse Slaughter Legislation Reintroduced

New legislation aimed at stemming the export of horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Jan. 14. Sponsored by Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich) and Read More

Appeals Court Ponders Michigan Abuse Case

Lawyers on both sides of a controversial horse abuse case appeared before the Michigan Court of Appeals on Jan. 13 seeking a decision on whether felony animal cruelty charges against James Henderson, Jr., and Matt Mercier should be Read More

Plea Entered in Oregon Horse Shooting Case

Russell Willeford, the Oregon man accused of shooting and abandoning a 6-year-old Arabian gelding in the Deschutes National Forest near Sisters, Ore., made his first appearance in Deschutes County Circuit Court Jan. 12. He pleaded not guilty to Read More

Judge Excludes Testimony in Euthanasia Case

A Worcester County, Mass., District Court judge granted one request to eliminate testimony and postponed ruling on another in the case against Elliot Saffran, the Milford man charged last year with animal cruelty for refusing to euthanize his Read More

Walking Horse Show Group Asks USEF for Drug Test Help

Mandatory random drug testing could take place at some 2009 Tennessee Walking Horse shows if the National Horse Show Commission (NHSC) can strike a deal with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to provide testing services. Read More

Volunteers Assist in Washington Horse Rescue

Volunteers fought frigid temperatures and high snow drifts last week to remove 33 malnourished horses from their snow covered pasture just outside Wellpinit, Wash. A Bureau of Indian Affairs agent discovered the herd, which included several mare Read More

Grassroots Effort Helps Feed Oregon Horses

Financially strapped horse owners in Central Oregon are getting help feeding their horses this winter thanks to a hay donation program established by a Bend couple. The program distributes bales of hay, either donated by individuals or purchased Read More

Charges Filed in Pennsylvania Pony Abuse Case

A Pennsylvania man accused of mistreating 11 ponies and one donkey has been formally charged with 38 counts of animal cruelty. Joseph Mayer was charged with 12 counts of inadequate sustenance, 13 counts of unsanitary confinement, and 13 counts o Read More

South Carolina Horse Abuse Case Remains Unresolved

Last February, the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) of Columbia, S.C., seized 45 allegedly malnourished and neglected horses from Hazelene, James, and Terry Trexler. Nearly one year later, the horses Read More

New Charges for Pennsylvania Stable Owner

A Pennsylvania man who has previously been prosecuted for animal abuse faces 38 new animal cruelty charges in connection with the neglect of 11 ponies and a donkey. Joseph Mayer, owner of Hallo Stables in Easton, Pa., is accused of failing to Read More

Restitution Set in Finger Lakes Horse Abuse Case

Geraldine Trupia, the Troupsburg, N.Y., breeding farm owner who pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty for allegedly starving 82 horses in her care, was ordered to pay $45,000 to cover expenses for the horses seized by Read More

Some Wild Mares to Receive Contraceptives

About 70 wild mares from the Cedar Mountain herd in Utah will receive the contraceptive porcine zona pellucida (PZP) as part of a joint effort between the Bureau of Land Read More

Washington Horse Rescue Operator Sentenced in Cruelty Case

Dean Solomon, the former operator of two equine rescues in Washington state who pleaded guilty to four counts of second degree animal cruelty, was sentenced to 24 months supervised probation and 30 days of community service during her Dec. 4 Read More

Shot New Mexico Horse Gets New Home

Miracle, the 24-year-old mare who survived a trek in the New Mexico desert after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the head, has a new home and could soon join a new adoptive family. Miracle arrived at The Horse Shelter in Cerrillos, N.M., on Read More

Massachusetts Euthanasia Case to Trial in February

A long-standing Massachusetts animal cruelty case drew closer to its resolution on Thursday when Worcester Central District Judge Thomas Sullivan slated the jury trial of Elliot Saffran for Feb. 5. Saffran, of Milford, Read More

Walking Horses Get WEG Participation Nod

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association will get a chance to show the world that their horses are versatile and sound now that officials with the World Equestrian Games Foundation have decided to allow them to perform in Read More

Shot Horse Gets New Home and Name

Trooper, the 6-year-old Arabian gelding shot in the head and abandoned in the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon now has a new home, a new name, and a future helping kids in need.

Horse Owners Utilize Low-Cost Euthanasia Service; Castration Clinics Also Planned

How would Northern California horse owners respond to a low-cost euthanasia clinic? That was a question Tawnee Preisner, operator of NorCal Equine Rescue in Oroville, Calif., asked herself earlier this year when she offered to organize $25 Read More

Breeder Offers to Establish Wild Horse Preserve

Wild horses residing in U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facilities could get help from an influential friend if the agency accepts Madeleine Pickens' offer to establish a lifetime sanctuary for the 30,000 unadoptable horses otherwis Read More

New York Farm Operator Sentenced

Geraldine Trupia, the operator of a New York breeding farm from which authorities seized a herd of horses in August, appeared in Troupsburg Town Court for sentencing this week. Now she's speaking out on the circumstances of her case. Read More

Government's Wild Horse Euthanasia Advice Not Unexpected

Wild Horse advocate Karen Sussman said she wasn't surprised that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended euthanasia as an option of last resort for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse and burro management Read More

Kansas Trainer Vows Court Fight Over Relocated Horses

Kansas horse trainer Tammy Blase vowed to challenge landlord Scott Becker and his family in court on grounds that he violated their lease agreement by ordering the Nov. 4 removal of 59 horses from Mount Bethel Farm in Meriden, Kan., without firs Read More

Washington Hearings Tackle Horse Farm Tax Issues

Operators of horse boarding and training farms in Washington state are poised to pack Department of Revenue hearing chambers Nov. 13 to convince the agency that their businesses should be included in statutory definitions Read More

Horses Grab Headlines in Kansas Financial Dispute

A group of 59 horses became the subject of a Jackson County, Kan., police investigation this week after they were reported stolen, then recovered, and then revealed to be collateral in a financial dispute between a Meriden, Kan., farm owner and Read More