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

Tropical Storms Challenges Florida Horses, Owners

Meanwhile, owners in other Atlantic state are bracing for heavy rains and winds in the coming days. Read More

Police in Alabama Probe Horse Shootings

Authorities are seeking whoever fatally shot four horses, a mule, and a dog and wounded another horse. Read More

Horses Evacuated From Louisiana Flood Heading Home

Most of the evacuated horses have returned to their owners' farms, but 149 horses are still waiting to go home. Read More

Oklahoma Horse Stabbed to Death

Police are investigating after a horse sustained four stab wounds in the neck. Read More

GoFundMe Page Benefits Louisiana Animal Shelters

Contributions will be used to provide supplies and equipment necessary to care for horses and other animals. Read More

Several Horses Found Deceased at Pickens' Sanctuary

While an investigation continues, Madeleine Pickens is offering a $100,000 reward in connection with the incident. Read More

Pennsylvania Track Groom Accused of Fixing Horse Races

Several horses had allegedly received clenbuterol, and groom Marian Vega was found to be in possession of the drug. Read More

Flooding Challenges Humans, Horses in Louisiana

Owners are working to locate horses displaced by the flood and evaluate property damage as waters subside in some areas. Read More

Warmblood Filly in British Columbia Stolen

The 12-day-old Oldenburg foal was taken from her Langley, BC, pasture on Aug. 7. Read More

Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty in Horse Beating Case

Sensenig pleaded guilty to both summary counts of animal cruelty during his court appearance on Aug. 8. Read More

Grants Offered to Help Horses Displaced by California Fire

An anonymous company is offering money to help cover feed and veterinary costs. Read More

Pennsylvania Man Accused in Horse Beating Incident

The man is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly striking a horse overburdened by the wagon load he was pulling. Read More

Charges Against Virginia Horse Rescue Dropped

New Beginnings Horse Rescue operator Cassy Newell-Reed had been charged with three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Read More

Borell Pleads Not Guilty to Cruelty Charges

Chuck Borell, accused of maltreating more than 40 horses in Mercer County, Kentucky, has pleaded not guilty. Read More

New Lawsuit Alleges Horse Feed was Tainted

Two horse owners allege that feed manufacturer ADM knowingly sold and distributed horse-feed tainted with monensin. Read More

Suit Seeks Halt to BLM Wild Horse Spaying Plan

A wild horse advocacy group filed a lawsuit to stop the BLM from surgically sterilizing mares from an Oregon herd. Read More

Hundreds of Horses Displaced by California Wildfire

More than 300 horses and other animals were evacuated ahead of a raging wildfire in Los Angeles County. Read More

USDA Proposes HPA Enforcement Rule Change

The proposed change would ban action devices and require training for veterinarians conducting compliance inspections. Read More

Large Reward Offered in New Mexico Barn Fire Case

Authorities hope a $10,000 cash reward will help identify who is responsible for a barn fire that killed four horses. Read More

Kentucky Agriculture Officials to Study Equine Welfare Laws

Officials will explore ways it can help counties expedite how they carry out equine cruelty investigations. Read More

Lightning Strike Kills Horse at North Carolina Trailhead

A lightning strike is being blamed for death of a horse tied to a trailer at a popular trail riding destination. Read More

Investigation to Prosecution: Making an Equine Cruelty Case

Proving a case is legitimate, then levying charges and prosecuting those responsible, takes time and cooperation. Read More

Apparently Abandoned Horse Found in Arizona

The horse was transported to a veterinary facility to receive rehabilitative care. Read More

Horses Returned to Virginia Rescue

A Virginia judge has returned more than 40 horses to a rescue operated by a woman accused of animal cruelty. Read More

House Committee Rules on Rep. Ed Whitfield Ethics Probe

Whitfield violated House rules, though unintentionally, by allowing his wife to lobby for anti-soring legislation. Read More