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

Borell Takes Plea Deal in Horse Abandonment Case

Charles Borell pleaded guilty to nine counts of second-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty under an Alford plea. Read More

Santa Cruz County, California, Horses Displaced by Wildfire

Several horses have returned to their homes, but others remain at the county animal shelter and fairgrounds. Read More

Tennessee Woman Accused of Maltreating Horses

Twenty-four horses are receiving rehabilitative care while their owner faces animal cruelty charges. Read More

Stolen Georgia Thoroughbred Found

"Henry" was found in a North Georgia pasture, more than 140 miles away from where he was allegedly stolen. Read More

Stolen Georgia Horse Recovered in South Carolina

A 23-year-old Thoroughbred was taken with the recovered Quarter Horse. Read More

Kentucky Authorities Seek Ownership of Seized Horses

The 43 seized horses were allegedly abandoned earlier this year by Charles and Maria Borell. Read More

BLM Responds to Reports on Advisory Board Vote

The BLM says it has no plans to euthanize wild horses currently held in short- and long-term holding facilities. Read More

Reward Offered in Florida Horse Shooting

Authorities hope the offer of a cash reward will help identify who fatally shot a horse in a pasture near Tallahassee. Read More

BLM Nixes Surgical Spay Plan

Also, a wild horse and burro advisory board resolution might result in the euthanasia of animals in holding facilities. Read More

Charges Against Online Horse Rescuer Dropped

The charges against Crystal Davis and her son Joseph McMillen were dropped after an investigator stepped down. Read More

Feral Horses in Nevada Killed in Collision

The state Department of Agriculture is asking drivers near the Virginia Range to be alert for roaming feral horses. Read More

Plea Deal Entered in New York Horse Shooting

Robert Webster Jr. pleaded guilty to a criminal mischief charge connected to the shooting death of a horse last year. Read More

Some Horses Missing From Mustang Monument Found

More than 50 horses released when their pasture fences were cut have been returned to the equine sanctuary. Read More

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