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

Dog Food Blamed for Assateague Pony Death

The mare reportedly consumed a large quantities dog food, which caused an impaction and deadly ruptured intestine. Read More

Wildfire Near Yosemite Displace Horses

More than 100 horses were evacuated to several locations after fire destroyed their pastures and polluted the air. Read More

Senate Committee Nixes Horsemeat Inspections

This comes after the House of Representatives declined forbid the USDA from funding horsemeat inspections. Read More

House Committee Passes BLM Funding Bill

The bill would allow the BLM to transfer horses and burros to other government agencies for use as work animals. Read More

House Appropriations Bill Allows Horsemeat Inspections

The measure would allow funding for USDA personnel to conduct horsemeat inspections at U.S. processing plants. Read More

Rehabbing Neglected Horses: No Small Task

Restoring a neglected horse's health can be rewarding, but also complicated, time-consuming, and sometimes unsuccessful. Read More

Horse Dies After Injury in Calgary Stampede Event

A Thoroughbred sustained a left hind cannon bone fracture during a chuckwagon race and was euthanized. Read More

Illinois Barn Fire Claims 18 Horses

Investigators are probing the cause of a fire that claimed 18 horses in Plainfield in the early morning hours of July 5. Read More

Kentucky Horse Owners Seek Stiffer Firework Regulations

Owners say firework-related injuries in horses have increased since the state lifted its firework ban in 2011. Read More

Pennsylvania Law Protects Veterinarians From Lawsuits

The legislation will shield veterinarians from civil liability when they report suspected animal cruelty to authorities. Read More

Tennessee Horse Shooter Sought

Tennessee law enforcement authorities are hoping the public can help identify who shot and killed a Greene County horse. Read More

Therapeutic Riding Program Operator Faces Charges

Aiyanna Callaway faces 15 animal cruelty counts for allegedly failing to provide care for more than 30 horses. Read More

Proposal Would Put NYC Carriages Under New Regulation

The NYCLASS proposal would place New York City's carriage industry under Taxi and Limousine Commission jurisdiction. Read More

New York Agencies Combine to Battle Animal Cruelty

Nassau County agencies established a coalition to investigate and prosecute animal crimes more efficiently. Read More

Forest Officials Investigating Salt River Foal Death

A foal was found dead two days after being picked up and held by a Tonto National Forest visitor. Read More

Law Students Seek to Stop Montreal Rodeo

A group of law students in Canada have asked the courts to forbid a rodeo on grounds that the event is cruel to animals. Read More

Stolen Rescue Horse Returned in Texas

Reynolds, the 6-year-old bay gelding, went missing May 28. Read More

Missing Florida Horses Found

Two horses taken from their Florida barn in May have been found abandoned in a nearby field. Read More

Horse Stolen From Texas Rescue Farm

The 6-year-old bay gelding went missing from a 50-acre pasture in Galveston County, Texas, on May 29. Read More

Georgia Man Charged in Foal Death

A pair of allegedly maltreated adult horses were also found on the property. Read More

BLM Budget Cuts Put Wild Horses at Risk, Advocates Say

Proposed budget cuts would save $4 million by eliminating restrictions on horse sales and other management options. Read More

Woman Wearing Dinosaur Suit Spooks Horses, Draws Charges

A South Carolina woman is facing charges after she spooked a team of carriage horses and injured their driver. Read More

Maine Bill Could Wave Animal Surrender Fees

Alleged animal abusers could also avoid consequences by signing an affidavit banning future animal ownership. Read More

Equine Massage Therapists can Now Practice in Tennessee

The state's house and senate passed an amendment making it lawful for animal massage therapists to practice. Read More

Cargill Investigates California Horse Deaths

Two horses at the same farm that consumed Nutrena SafeChoice Senior died three days apart. Read More