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
July 02, 2009
Russell Willeford, the Oregon man convicted of shooting and abandoning a 6-year-old Arabian gelding in the Deschutes National Forest, will serve 90 days in the Deschutes County Jail and pay more than $9,000 in restitution in connection with the Read More
July 01, 2009
Some humans do it all the time: Pack a week's worth of activity into a weekend with pickup basketball games, long hikes, or Read More
June 23, 2009
An investigation to determine who fatally shot three horses in a federal corral in Rock Springs, Wyo., earlier this month is under way.
The dead horses were discovered on June 12 when a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee arrived to Read More
June 19, 2009
The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management mustangs and burros has waived his right to preliminary hearing and will be arraigned on more than 100 animal cruelty counts in Morrill County District Court o Read More
June 16, 2009
The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) will receive no new funding under a 2010 spending bill proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture, Rural Development, and FDA appropriations subcommittee. Chairwoman Rosa L. DeLauro Read More
June 13, 2009
Two equine rescue operators are revamping their fundraising policies after learning about unauthorized fundraising activities taking place on their behalf.
The situation came to light June 3, when Tawnee Preisner, vice president of Read More
June 11, 2009
A Texas woman accused of maltreating 57 horses remains in jail after failing to post bond on cruelty charges.
Carol Paselk faces one count of cruelty to animals and one court of cruelty to livestock. The Class A misdemeanors each carry Read More
June 10, 2009
A Colorado man faces multiple animal cruelty counts following the removal of 17 horses from his property for the second time in two years.
Sheriff's Deputies in Jefferson County, Colo., seized the horses from owner John McCulley on May 20. Read More
June 06, 2009
A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to 13 animal cruelty counts and relinquished ownership of his animals under a plea bargain entered in Northampton County District court on June 4.
Joseph Mayer was originally charged with 38 counts of Read More
June 02, 2009
The sponsor of Tennessee legislation promoting horse processing plant development in that state is not giving up on the bill, although it's now stalled in the state's Senate Commerce Committee.
Sponsored by Rep. Frank Niceley, HB 1428 would Read More
May 23, 2009
Oklahomans who are not veterinarians will soon be able to float horses' teeth without risking felony charges, now that Gov. Brad Henry signed SB 452 into law on Thursday.
SB 452 strips an amendment to the state's Veterinary Practice Act of Read More
May 23, 2009
A California Superior Court Judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence to press felony charges against several members of a family accused of maltreating horses at their Ventura County ranch.
Jane Bor, her son Ernie, and daughter-in-law Read More
May 21, 2009
The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs and burros now faces more than 140 counts of felony animal cruelty in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals seized from his Read More
May 20, 2009
May 18, 2009
More than 50 allegedly neglected horses are receiving rehabilitative care from two Texas rescue agencies after they were removed from their owner's care earlier this month.
May 15, 2009
Oklahoma legislators have approved a measure that allows individuals who are not veterinarians to float horses' teeth without risking felony charges.
SB 452 strips an amendment from the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act of 2008 that Read More
May 14, 2009
Police in Miramar, Fla., are searching for poachers responsible for killing two Paso Fino horses for their meat. The horses' butchered carcasses were discovered in their pasture on May 6 when their owner arrived to feed them.
The case is th Read More
May 08, 2009
The former owner of 59 draft horses involved in a 2007 tractor-trailer truck rollover accident in Illinois was sentenced to supervision and ordered to pay $4,000 in fines and restitution in connection with the incident.
The accident Read More
May 07, 2009
The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has suspended trainer Cleve Wells in connection with the treatment a horse received from an employee at Wells' Burleson, Texas, facility.
On April 23, the AQHA Executive Committee announced that Read More
May 06, 2009
A new Montana state law invites private investors to develop horse slaughter facilities in that state. But opponents say compliance and court challenges might discourage prospective investors from ever breaking ground on plant projects.
May 04, 2009
A measure promoting privately-owned horse processing plant development in Montana became law on Friday when Gov. Brian Schweitzer allowed the bill to lapse into law.
HB 418 insulates prospective plant developers from permit and Read More
May 04, 2009
More than 200 BLM mustangs removed last month from a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary are gaining strength and are now available for adoption to qualified new owners.
Authorities Read More
April 30, 2009
The co-owner of a Nebraska training ranch from which 211 BLM mustangs and burros were recently removed faces federal charges for the alleged maltreatment of a mustang adopted in her name.
On April 16, the BLM cited Anissa Meduna, co Read More
April 30, 2009
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hoping cash incentives will boost adoptions of wild horses and burros that would otherwise spend their lives in long-term holding facilities.
Under a pilot program slated to debut at an Read More
April 29, 2009
A bill prohibiting the euthanasia of healthy Bureau of Land Management (BLM) horses took a step toward becoming law on Wednesday when members of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee approved the measure by a Read More