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

States Ask to Retain Control of Equine Transport, Slaughter

Lawmakers in two Western states have sponsored resolutions urging Congress to let state legislators make up their own minds about horse slaughter issues within their lines. Wyoming's House Joint Resolution (HJR 8) and Utah's House Joint Read More

Michigan Appeals Court Reinstates Horse Torture Charges

The Michigan Court of Appeals has reinstated criminal charges in a case involving 69 horses in Jackson County. In a 12-page opinion released Feb. 3, a three-judge panel reinstated three felony counts of animal torture against Matt Mercier Read More

Civil Lawsuits Filed Against Horse Abuse Case Prosecutors

Two members of the Trexler family have filed civil lawsuits in South Carolina Federal and State courts alleging that animal cruelty charges filed against them in a longstanding criminal case were brought unjustly. The lawsuits seek in excess of Read More

Employment and Immigration

Keep necessary documentation and use personnel best management practices when hiring immigrant laborers. Read More

Horse Licensing Bill Scrapped after Protest

A New Hampshire lawmaker scrapped mandatory horse licensing legislation after angry horse owners protested the measure on grounds that it would be financially burdensome.

The bill, HB 427, required owners to obtain licenses for each of thei Read More

Weather, Economy Hit Utah Mustang Sale

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official credited wintry weather and the high costs of horsekeeping for lackluster results at a Jan. 24 Wild Horse and Burro sale in Delta, Utah. Of the 320 Spanish Mustangs offered from Utah's Sulphur Herd Read More

Horses Removed from Virginia Farm

Twenty-three allegedly malnourished horses are residing in foster care following their removal from a Zuni, Va., farm. Deputies removed the animals from property owned by Jeff and Diana Hansford on Jan. 21 after a team of state and private Read More

Election Brings Shift on Kentucky Walking Horse Board

Members of the Kentucky Walking Horse Association (KWHA) declined to re-elect two controversial members to the group's board of directors during their annual meeting Jan. 10.

Former President Earl Rogers Jr., and former Vice Read More

California Plan Models Equine Rescues after Animal Shelters

Faculty members at the University of California, Davis, are working on a plan to reduce the number of unwanted horses by modeling equine rescues after small animal shelters. Under a plan developed by the International Animal Welfare Training Read More

Horse Transport Bill Reintroduced

A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would prohibit the use double-decker trailers for transporting horses across state lines.

Specifically, HR 305, or the "Horse Transportation Read More

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