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

Horse Rescue Offers Low-Cost Euthanasia Clinic

NorCal Equine Rescue in Oroville, Calif., will offer a low-cost euthanasia clinic on Dec. 17 for owners who, due to economic or other reasons, are unable to care for their horses. Owners will be charged $25 for the euthanasia Read More

Jury Trial for Massachusetts Euthanasia Case

Elliot Saffran, the Milford, Mass., man accused of animal cruelty for refusing to euthanize his mare, appeared in Uxbridge District Court on Oct. 14 and requested that his case be transferred to another court for trial before a jury.

"He Read More

Some California Horses Waiting Fire Out at Holding Facilities

Horses evacuated from fire zones in Ventura County, Calif. are residing in temporary holding facilities at the county fairgrounds while firefighters battle the latest round of wildfires sweeping the region.

According to Capt. John Alford of Read More

Sport Horse Enthusiasts Eye Thoroughbred Market

Tennessee equestrian and horse breeder Lisa Cook wanted a Thoroughbred mare to breed to her Thoroughbred stallion, but perceived high prices always prevented her from buying one at high profile auctions such as Kentucky's Keeneland sale. Bu Read More

SPCA Uses Public Education to Garner Horse Abuse Tips

New York's Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) rarely receives more than seven tips relating to horse cruelty per month. But after the agency seized five allegedly malnourished horses from a barn in Read More

Owners React to N.Y. Abuse Plea Deal

When she learned that Geraldine Trupia pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty for neglecting horses at her Steuben County, N.Y., breeding farm, Quakertown, Pa., horse owner Virginia Stack was too focused on bringing her Thoroughbred mare Read More

Plea Deal Accepted in New York Breeding Farm Case

Geraldine Trupia, the operator of a New York breeding farm where authorities seized a herd of malnourished horses in August, plead guilty to two counts of Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty under a plea agreement unveiled during her Read More

Colorado Rescue Operator Sentenced to Service, Probation

Alesha Matchett, the Colorado woman who pleaded guilty in August to one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty for neglecting horses at a rescue ranch she operated, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and four years supervised probation Read More

The Latest on Clones

As scientists continue to unlock cloning's secrets, perfect its processes, and study the way genes express themselves in individuals, their successes will undoubtedly affect demand and future use.

In March 2008 Prometea, a Read More

State Regulators Investigate Breeder Incentive Recipients

Kentucky Walking Horse Association (KWHA) President Earl Rogers says he’s cooperating with Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) investigators looking into the Horse Protection Act (HPA) compliance records of KWHA members who collected cash Read More

Horse Slaughter Bill Moves on to House

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has passed H.R. 6598, a measure known as the "Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008."

This bill prohibits transport, sale, delivery, or export of horses for slaughter for Read More

Breeding Farm Operator Pleads Not Guilty to Cruelty Charges

Geraldine Trupia, operator of Norcrest Farm in Troupsburg, N.Y., pleaded not guilty to five counts of Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty during her Read More

Owner Learns Mare Seized from Breeding Farm was Euthanized

Pennsylvania horse owner Anne Maria Cray has feared the worst since learning her mare WeWe C was among 82 allegedly malnourished horses seized by authorities from a Read More

Charges Filed in Breeding Farm Cruelty Case

The woman in charge of the Troupsburg, N.Y., breeding farm from which a herd of allegedly malnourished horses were seized last month has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

Geraldine Trupia was charged with five counts of Read More

Horse Owner Unsure Whether Seized Mare is Dead or Alive

Horse owner Virginia Stack of Quakertown, Pa., wasted no time responding to requests for identification information about her Thoroughbred mare, Sharp Gal. The mare was residing at Norcrest Farm in Troupsburg, N.Y., when authorities with the Read More

Rescuer Credits Katrina for Better Hurricane Preparation, Evacuation

Many horses in Texas and Louisiana emerged from Hurricane Ike unscathed due, in part, to their owners' memories of Hurricane Katrina three years ago, said large animal rescue specialist Tomas Gimenez, Dr.Med.Vet.

"People relocated their Read More

Prior Evacuations Help Louisiana Horses Weather Hurricane Ike

Despite high winds and heavy flooding, horses in Louisiana weathered Hurricane Ike's assault on the Gulf Coast with relative ease thanks to evacuation plans executed just weeks ago in advance of Hurricane Gustav.

"About 50 horses had to be Read More

Soring Inspections Stepped Up at Walking Horse Celebration

Compliance with the Horse Protection Act (HPA) appeared to decline at the 70th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, dropping from 98% in 2007 to 95% at this year's event, according to USDA figures. The Celebration took place Read More

Horse Owner Searches for Mare Seized in Breeding Barn Welfare Case

When horse owner Anne Maria Cray of Grantville, Pa., started spreading the word that her 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare, WeWe C, was available for a breeding lease, she never imagined that the horse would end up in the middle of a welfare case. Read More

78 Horses Removed from New York Farm

Seventy-eight allegedly malnourished horses are currently residing in foster homes after animal welfare authorities removed them from their former home last week.

According to Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty t Read More

California Horse Abuse Case Concludes After Three Years

Nearly three years after his 35 horses were seized by county authorities, James DeNoyer is on track to get four of the horses back after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of improper disposal of a dead animal during proceedings in Read More

Louisiana Horses Weather Gustav Well

Retired Thoroughbred racehorse Robyn Dancer was in his stall at Shady Lane Farm in Opelousas, La., when Hurricane Gustav swept through on Monday. Gustav's wind ripped the roof off the stallion's stall and demolished the tack room beside it. But Read More

National Humane Group Files Brief in Michigan Horse Abuse Case

The American Humane Association (AHA) has filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Court of Appeals in connection with a controversial animal cruelty case involving Matt Mercier and James Henderson Jr., of Grass Lake, a move that is designed to Read More

Wild Horse Euthanasia Decision Postponed by BLM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) isn't likely to make a decision regarding the use of euthanasia in wild horse herd management until the end of the year, a spokesman said. The euthanasia option decision was originally Read More

Rescue Operator Pleads Guilty to Cruelty Charge

Alesha Matchett, the woman accused of starving 16 horses at the Colorado animal rescue she once operated, has plead guilty to one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty under a plea agreement entered in Larimer County District court last week. Read More