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

Monitoring Cruelty: Online Database Tracks Cases

The recent case of alleged horse abuse in South Carolina underscores the need for a way to track convicted horse abusers nationwide, according Carol Darnell, a former Arabian horse breeder and longtime rescuer.

"We have to vet the people to Read More

Sponsor Tables Illinois Horse Transport Bill Amendment

The sponsor of a proposed Illinois measure designed to enhance horse transport safety has tabled a controversial amendment that equine advocates denounced as unacceptable.

"We're going to go back to the original bill," said Ill. Rep. JoAnn Read More

Illinois Horse Trailer Rollover Accident Case Continued

The case against the former owner of horses involved in a rollover trailer accident in Lake County, Ill., last October has been continued for a pre-trial hearing on April 14, according the clerk for Lake Circuit Court Judge Patrick N. Lawler. Read More

Charges in South Carolina Abuse Case Could be Upgraded

Animal abuse charges against James Trexler will be upgraded from misdemeanors to felonies if a Richmond County grand jury hands down an indictment in his case.

According to Kelly Graham, spokesperson for the Richland County, S.C., Humane Read More

Horses Removed from Dilapidated Philadelphia Stables

Humane officials and horse owners worked well into the night on Thursday to remove horses from condemned buildings in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion in advance of the structures' scheduled demolition.

"The horses are being removed a Read More

South Carolina Abuse Investigation: Horses Impounded in Georgia Found

Georgia officials visited Richland County, S.C., on Monday to attend court proceedings connected with the ongoing horse abuse case there. But before they left, they discovered that a total of 25 horses formerly under quarantine in Georgia had Read More

Horse Abuse Defendants Extradited to Georgia

Hazelene Trexler, 70, and Terry Trexler, 44, were on their way to Georgia Thursday morning to face multiple counts of animal cruelty, according to Jefferson County, Ga., Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Kitchens. Two deputies were slated to leave Jefferson Read More

South Carolina Horse Abuse Investigation: Remains Exhumed

Remains of a dozen horses found in gravesites located on property formerly owned by the Trexler family in Sumter County, S.C., are undergoing forensic testing at a lab at Florida State University. The remains were recovered Saturday by Read More

Forensic Veterinarian Joins South Carolina Abuse Probe

A forensic veterinarian has joined the investigation to multiple alleged incidents of horse abuse in South Carolina.

Melinda D. Merck, DVM, senior director of veterinary forensics for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Read More

More Charges in Georgia for Two South Carolina Horse Abuse Defendants

A mother and son each charged with more than 20 counts of ill treatment of animals in South Carolina are facing extradition to Georgia where similar counts have been filed against the pair.

Hazelene E. Trexler, 70, and her son Terry A. Read More

Texas Horses Avoid Mass Wildfire Evacuations

As wildfires continue to skip across Texas, the blazes have not yet caused mass evacuations of horses in affected areas, emergency management officials said on Wednesday.

"We've had a number of fires over the past several weeks Read More

Wildfires Threaten Texas Horses

Monday night, reining horse breeder and trainer Dee Hertig watched a line of wildfires creep closer to her Young County, Texas, ranch. With 12 horses in the pasture, she and husband, Jack, had to think fast to come up with a plan to get their Read More

23 Horses Seized from South Carolina Farm

One day after seizing 23 allegedly malnourished horses from an Eastover, S.C., pasture, investigators with the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) were compiling paperwork to seek legal ownership of the Read More

Walking Horse Associations Form Rulebook Pact

Two associations frequently at odds over the best way to promote Tennessee Walking Horses have joined together in a pact designed to promote the breed's versatility.

On Feb. 18, David Pruett, president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder Read More

Tennessee Tornadoes: Horse Owners Recovering

The community of Williamson County, Tenn., is still reeling from the trio of tornadoes that ripped through Tennessee Feb. 5 and 6. The storms destroyed homes, demolished barns, and swept up horses in strong winds, according to resident Vivi Read More

Court Date for Owner of Horses in Illinois Trailer Accident

The former owner of 59 horses involved in a semitrailer rollover accident last October in Wadsworth, Ill., is slated to appear in Lake County Circuit Court on March 3 according to a spokesperson for the Lake County, Ill., County Clerk.

Keit Read More

Illinois Offering Horse Rescue Licensing Option

When Colleen O'Keefe, DVM, approached Illinois legislators about licensing horse rescue and shelter facilities around the state, the lawmakers were surprised.

"Usually, industries don’t want to be regulated," said O'Keefe, Division manager Read More

Containment Measures Help Stem Ohio Strangles Flare-Up

An flare-up of strangles that surfaced at Northfield Park racetrack in Ohio nearly three weeks ago is under control, according to Director of Racing Gregg Keidel. Seven horses contracted the bacterial infection.

"The horses are doing fine," Read More

Kentucky Teens Sentenced in Horse Shooting Incident

Two Pike County, Ky., teenagers are behind bars for charges connected with a 2007 shooting spree that left three horses dead and another eight injured. The pair appeared in court in Pike County on Jan. 31 after their Read More

Four Thoroughbred Yearlings Killed in Traffic Accident

Four bay Thoroughbred yearlings were killed this morning when they were struck by a car traveling along Mt. Horeb Pike in Lexington, Ky.

"Two of the horses were dead on the scene and two were euthanized at the scene," said Sgt. Pat Read More

Horses Seized from Another Colorado Rescue

Operators of another Colorado horse rescue have been accused of animal cruelty, less than a month after a similar case occurred in the state. Now, one rescue industry operator in that state says the two seizures illustrate the plight of Read More

Michigan Horse Cruelty Case Stretches to Autumn 2008

Two Michigan men accused of animal cruelty and torture in a highly publicized equine welfare case are slated to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on Sept. 30, 2008, according to a spokesperson for the Jackson County 12th District Court Read More

Rescue Operator Seeks Hearing to Retain Custody of Seized Horses

An attorney for a Colorado woman whose horses were seized by Larimer County authorities is seeking a bond hearing to recover custody of the animals.

The seizure took place on Dec. 29 when Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden ordered the Read More

Charges against Colorado Horse Rescue Operator Pending

A Colorado woman could face multiple criminal charges after Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden seized animals, including 16 allegedly malnourished horses, from her Animal Angels Read More

Both Sides Claim Victory in Walking Horse Registry Dispute

Both sides in a dispute over ownership of Tennessee Walking Horse registry information are claiming victory in a case that took two years to process through the legal system, despite one of the parties being found in violation of copyright laws Read More