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

Connecticut Ag Department Gets Custody of Seized Herd

A judge has awarded the state Department of Agriculture custody of 32 horses seized last month from their owners. Read More

California Horse Herd Seized

Officials seized 23 malnourished horses from a Riverside County farm. Read More

Couple Charged in Connecticut Horse Cruelty Case

State authorities have seized 32 horses from an Andalusian, Friesian, and Gypsy Vanner breeding operation. Read More

Horse Head Found in New York City Park

Police say the severed horse head was found in a box that also contained a goat head, fruit, and vegetables. Read More

California Horse Owners Seek Damages From Feed Maker

A group of owners allege that monensin-contaminated feed from Western Milling caused their horses to become ill or die. Read More

Cookies Linked to Horse Death

One California horse is dead and another recovering after consuming cookies laced with oleander. Read More

Owner of Dead North Carolina Horse Sought

Authorities are seeking information to help find those who tied a malnourished horse to a tree and left it for dead. Read More

Two Malnourished Arizona Horses Seized, One Euthanized

The owner allegedly purchased the horses on Craigslist but was unable to care for them. Read More

North Carolina Barn Fire Claims Horses

Two horses and a dog and her puppies died when a tack room space heater meant to warm the litter started a blaze. Read More

Alleged Rodeo Horse Abuse Probed in Colorado

Authorities are investigating the alleged abuse of a roping horse at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. Read More

Pennsylvania Man Accused of Fraud

Brian A. Rowlands was arrested for allegedly stealing several thousand dollars from the Pennsylvania Morgan Horse Club. Read More

Horses Removed From Pennsylvania Veterinarian's Property

A veterinarian and his wife are facing multiple charges for allegedly maltreating 16 horses and other animals. Read More

Final Order Ends New Mexico Horse Slaughter Plant Case

The final order blocks several entities from developing a horse processing plant in that state. Read More

Horses Seized From Connecticut Breeders

More than 30 horses are receiving rehabilitative care after being seized by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. Read More

Horses Removed From Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Two allegedly malnourished horses have been removed from rented stalls at the fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio. Read More

Alleged New York Horse Shooter Arrested

Robert Webster Jr. is facing multiple charges in connection with the shooting death of a horse last year. Read More

Sentence Pending for Florida Man Accused of Killing Horse

Christopher Todd, accused of killing a Tennessee Walker and injuring a rider, could face up to 35 years in prison. Read More

Horses Removed from North Carolina Rescue Operation

Forty horses are receiving rehabilitative care after they and more than 500 other animals were seized by authorities. Read More

Record Snowfall Challenges Horse Owners

Several barns in affected regions collapsed under the weight of the snow. Read More

Houston Task Force Battles Equine Cruelty Crimes

Monty's Task Force aims to provide education, increased access to low-cost veterinary services, and more. Read More

NYC Mayor, Carriage Cabbies Reach Agreement

The agreement would reduce the number of carriage horses in New York City and relocate the stables to Central Park. Read More

Ontario Barn Blaze Claims 12 Horses

Authorities said one horse escaped the blaze. The cause remains under investigation. Read More

Police Seek Tips in New York Horse Shooting

An alleged drive-by shooting left a Kirkland horse dead late last month. Read More

Indiana Horse Death Probed

Authorities are investigating the death of a Quarter Horse attacked in a barn at a riding stable in Decatur. Read More

Trainers Must Report Claimed Racehorses' Joint Injections

A new rule at Laurel Park requires trainers to report joint injections administered to claimed horses before the race. Read More