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

Forensic Study Reveals Some Trexler Horses Starved to Death

Three horses exhumed from Richland, S.C., properties once belonging to the Trexler family died from starvation, according to a preliminary report issued by Melinda D. Merck, DVM, senior director of veterinary forensics for the American Read More

Attorney Seeks Dismissal, Evidence Suppression in 'Quincy' Euthanasia Case

The attorney representing Elliott Saffran, the Massachusetts man accused of animal cruelty for refusing to euthanize Quincy, his aged, infirm horse, has filed motions to either dismiss the case against Saffran or suppress evidence pertinent Read More

New Soring Inspections Beef Up Celebration Plan

Exhibitors at the 70th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will be scrutinized more closely than ever before. Officials and organizers have adopted new inspection measures to send the message that Horse Protection Act (HPA) Read More

Petition Calls for End to Soring

An Illinois-based equine welfare organization has launched a Web-based petition campaign aimed at creating pressure to abolish the practice of soring in the gaited horse industry.

"Our goal is to submit the petition to government Read More

Horse at Center of Controversial Abuse Case Dies

Quincy, the aged mare at the center of a Massachusetts cruelty case, died Aug. 10, just two days before her owner is to appear in a Massachusetts court to face animal cruelty charges.

"She's gone, but we want the case Read More

Cruelty Stats Bill Draws Mixed Reaction

A measure aimed at collecting and making animal cruelty crime data public is drawing praise from animal welfare advocates as a means to raise awareness of animal cruelty crime.

"For one thing, it would legitimize the data, so law Read More

AAEP's Walking Horse Directives Labeled Costly, Unrealistic

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) Tennessee Walking Horse Task (TWH) Force recommendations to eradicate the practice of soring drew strong reaction from Walking Horse industry members who label the directives costly and Read More

Equine Rabies Case Confirmed in Kentucky

Kentucky Public Health officials have confirmed a case of rabies in a horse in Pulaski County. According to Michael Auslander, DVM, MSPH, state public health veterinarian with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the infected Read More

Effort to Identify Horses in Seized Herd Continues

Last February, the seizure of 45 allegedly malnourished Arabian horses from a South Carolina family made national headlines. As court proceedings against defendants Hazelene, James, and Terry Trexler about to move forward, the effort Read More

Veterinary Group Opposes New Slaughter Legislation

U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearings on new anti-slaughter legislation will begin July 31, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has gone on Read More

Horse Tripping Ban a Tough Sell in Some States

Nebraska's ban on horse tripping for sport went into effect July 18, but even as that state's authorities gear up to enforce the measure, similar legislation died on Arizona's Senate floor .

"We had nearly unanimous support all the way Read More

National Fundraiser Designed to Help Equine Rescues

On Sunday, Oct. 19, riders and walkers will take to trails across the country for the National Rescue Ride, a nationwide effort to help horse rescues. For at least one rescue, Read More

New Federal Horse Slaughter Bill Introduced

Legislation introduced July 23 to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee addresses the horse slaughter issue by linking the practice to animal cruelty and leaving enforcement to federal authorities. Read More

Federal Ban on Equine Transport via Double-Decker Introduced

The use of double-decker trailers to transport horses for any purpose would be banned nationwide if a new bill recently introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law. But some equine welfare advocates say the bill is flawed. Read More

Hazards Could be Hidden in Hay

Just 24 hours after Betsy Bueno of Santa Rosa, Calif., began feeding her horses a new batch of hay, one colicked and began to show neurologic signs. Within days, two of her 12 horses required euthanasia and seven were showing similar clinical Read More

Weekend Search for Lost Horse Unsuccessful

Charlz, the 17-year-old Arabian horse that became separated from his rider on May 25, continued to elude searchers this weekend.

Eight mounted volunteers from a local stable combed the Freetown Massachusetts State Forest on Sunday. Read More

Stallion Reported Stolen is Focus of Ownership Dispute

Capone 1, the Holsteiner show jumping stallion reported as stolen in Washington State, is the focal point of a civil lawsuit concerning his ownership, according to attorneys representing both sides of the dispute.

According to terms of Read More

Search Continues for Horse Lost in State Forest

This Sunday, volunteers will once again comb Massachusetts' Freetown State Forest in search of Charlz, a horse who was separated from his rider six weeks ago.

"We know he's out there because we've seen his tracks, and he's been spotted Read More

California Horse Sanctuary Manager Convicted of Cruelty

The manager of a horse sanctuary shut down last month by Los Angeles County, Calif., authorities will spend more than two years in prison after being convicted on animal cruelty Read More

Wild Horses: Euthanasia, Changes to Adoption Policy Considered

Bonnie Matton, president of the Wild Horse Preservation League, wasn't happy when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it might consider euthanasia as a means to manage wild horse herds, but she wasn't surprised, either. Read More

Horse Owners, Neighbor Indicted in Missouri Horse Shooting

A Missouri man has been charged with animal abuse for allegedly shooting four horses, while the horses' owners are facing identical charges for allegedly failing to restrain the animals.

On June 26, a Callaway County, Mo. grand jury Read More

Police in Scotland Investigating Horse Mutilations

While owners keep a close eye on the horses in their pastures, police in Scotland are investigating a series of attacks that have resulted in the mutilation of five horses. One horse was euthanized as a result of its injuries.

According to Read More

Horse Found Shot in Head Recovering

A 20-year-old mare found wounded and wandering in the New Mexico desert on June 9 is recovering from surgery to remove a bullet lodged in her jaw. A second bullet lodged close to an artery remains in her jaw.

The horse--which Doña Ana County Read More

Midwest Flooding to Impact Corn Prices, Horse Feed

Just when horse owners became resigned to escalating corn prices due to ethanol demand, Midwest corn fields were swamped by floodwaters the Mississippi River's banks just couldn't contain.

Now with acres of corn fields deluged, growers and Read More

Few Horses Stranded by Iowa Floods

When levies failed and floodwaters put most of Cedar Rapids, Iowa under water, the Iowa Equestrian Center on the Kirkwood Community College campus became a temporary shelter for more than 700 displaced animals. But only eight of them are horses. Read More