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

Thoroughbred Trainer Pleads Guilty to Abuse Charges

Thoroughbred trainer Chad Moore will serve 180 days in jail and is barred from owning or training animals for five years after pleading guilty to six counts of animal abandonment under an agreement entered in Clermont County Municipal Court on Read More

State Slaughter Bills Pending

Legislators in several states are again considering bills that address the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

In Florida, lawmakers are reviewing a pair of bills that would make it felony to slaughter horses and sell their me Read More

Nebraska Rancher Sentenced on Cruelty Charges

Jason Meduna, the Nebraska rancher found guilty of maltreating former Bureau of Land Management mustangs will serve not less than 40 months in prison, and is prohibited from owning or working with livestock for 30 years.

Morrill Coun Read More

Ohio Arabian Case: Attorney Seeks Evidence Dismissal

The attorney representing an Ohio woman accused of maltreating more than 30 Arabian horses has asked a judge to discard evidence against his client on grounds that it was illegally obtained.

Last month, animal welfare authorities fro Read More

Owners Claim Gathered Florida Horses

Nearly all of the 20 horses formerly running at large in a rural section of Miami-Dade County, Fla., have been claimed by their owners.

Hialeah police and South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) voluntee Read More

Loose Horses Rounded Up by Florida Group

Nearly a dozen horses formerly running at large in a rural section of Miami-Dade County are receiving rehabilitative care from the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Hialeah police and SPCA volunte Read More

Canadian Rules Could Impact Slaughter Exports

New Canadian horse processing regulations could slow the flow of U.S. horses to slaughter plants there, say equine welfare advocates.

Last month the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) advised all Canadian owners of horses that co Read More

Rescue Group to Place Ohio Arabians

More than 30 allegedly maltreated Arabian horses that were removed from an Ohio farm last month will soon be on their way to foster homes, according to Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan.

Animal welfare authorities from the Read More

Ohio Seized Horse Ownership: Federal Ruling Sought

Attorneys in Ohio are asking a U.S. District Court judge to declare an Arabian horse rescue organization the legal owner of horses removed from an Oak Harbor farm last month.

Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Otta Read More

Seized Oregon Horses Recovering

Most of the 31 horses removed from an Oregon farm last month are thriving under rehabilitative care, said Cindy Kingsberry, president and founder of Linn County Animal Rescue, the agency in charge of the animals.

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Ohio Arabian Group Granted Custody of Seized Horses

An Arabian horse welfare organization has assumed the care of 31 allegedly malnourished horses seized from an Oak Harbor, Ohio, farm last month.

Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa County discovered 37 animal Read More

New Equine Dentist Bill before Oklahoma House

A bill that would protect non-veterinarian equine dentists in Oklahoma from criminal prosecution advanced yesterday when that state's House of Representatives' Agriculture and Rural Development Committee approved the measure.

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Texas Group Gains Custody of Seized Donkeys, Horses

Allegedly maltreated animals recently removed from a Texas ranch will be moving to new homes now that a Fannin County judge has put them in Habitat for Horses custody.

Fannin County police and Habitat for Horses investigators removed Read More

Texas Filly Shot, Information Reward Offered

Law enforcement authorities in Parker County, Texas, hope the offer of a $10,700 cash reward will result in the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death of a young Quarter Horse last month.

On Jan. 24 ra Read More

Charges Filed in Ohio Arabian Cruelty Case

An Ohio woman faces multiple animal cruelty charges after county animal welfare authorities removed 31 allegedly malnourished Arabian horses from her property.

Last week animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa Co Read More

Arabian Horses Removed from Ohio Farm

More than 30 allegedly malnourished Arabian horses are receiving rehabilitative care after officials removed them from a farm in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

On Friday, Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa County discove Read More

31 Horses Seized, Oregon Rancher Faces Charges

An Oregon woman is facing multiple animal cruelty charges following the removal of 31 allegedly neglected horses from her property last week.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies and animal rescue agency volunteers removed the animals Read More

Jail Sentence for California Horse Cruelty Family

The California family convicted on multiple animal cruelty charges connected to the removal of 100 horses from their Frazier Park ranch will serve jail time and are prohibited from Read More

Ohio Track Offers Help for Horses at Risk

Cincinnati's River Downs Race Track has established a "surrender stall" program for horse owners who can no longer care for their animals. The program was established in response to the Read More

Nebraska Mustang Cruelty Sentencing Set

Jason Meduna, the former Nebraska training ranch operator convicted on multiple felony animal cruelty counts involving the maltreatment of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs, will appear in Morrill County District Court on Feb. 23 for sen Read More

Nebraska Mustang Trainer Guilty on Cruelty Charges

The former operator of a Nebraska training ranch for Bureau of Land Management mustangs has been found guilty on 145 of the 149 felony animal cruelty charges against him.

Jason Meduna was charged with 149 counts of class 4 felony ani Read More

Reward Increased for Information on Mustang Shootings

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the shooting deaths of six wild horses rose to $12,500 this week, when the Humane Society of the United States added $2,500 to the existing $10,000 re Read More

Dead Donkeys, Horses Found; Texas Rancher Faces Charges

A Texas man remains in jail following his arrest on animal cruelty charges for allegedly maltreating donkeys and horses on his property.

Acting on a complaint on Sunday, Fannin County Sherriff's Office and Habitat for Horses inve Read More

Nebraska Mustang Ranch Trial Starts

The former operator of a Nebraska training ranch for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs went on trial in Morrill County District Court today for allegedly maltreating more than 100 animals.

Last April Morrill County law enforce Read More

Two Seized Cincinnati Horses Euthanized

Two horses recently removed from an Ohio farm were euthanized due to poor body condition, said Clermont County Communications Director Kathy Lehr.

The two mares were among six allegedly malnourished thoroughbred horses removed by Cou Read More