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

Not Guilty Plea Entered in New York Cruelty Case

The New York farm operator facing more than 100 animal cruelty counts has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Last March, officials from the SPCA Serving Erie county County removed 73 horses and numerous dogs and cats from the pro Read More

Restraining Order Sought to Stop Nevada Mustang Gather

A Nevada woman is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from completing the July 10 gather of 1,200 mustangs from the Owyhee complex in northern Elko County until mid-August, after most foals in th Read More

More Charges Filed Against NY Farm Operator

The New York woman facing 10 animal cruelty counts for allegedly maltreating horses and other animals at her East Aurora farm is now facing multiple new charges. In March, officials from the SPCA Serving Erie county removed 73 horses Read More

Estray Nevada Horses to be Sold at Auction

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) will sell 175 estray horses at auction that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removed from a public range on the Nevada-Utah border last month. The gathered horses are not BLM mustangs. Th Read More

House Funding Bill Excludes NAIS Again

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) will receive no new funding under the 2011 U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Subcommittee spending bill, according to S Read More

New York Judge Orders Horses' Return

A New York State Supreme Court judge has ordered the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Serving Erie County to return to 40 of the 73 horses the agency removed from a Morgan horse training farm earlier this year Read More

Plight of Drug-Trade Horses Described

Some pack horses smugglers use to carry thousands of pounds of marijuana from Mexico into Arizona are unrecognized victims of the illegal drug trade, according to equine welfare advocates. Each horse carries anywhere from 300 to 400 Read More

Hurricane Alex No Immediate Threat to Horses

Hurricane Alex poses no immediate threat to the safety of horses residing Gulf Coast communities, according to owners in the region.

The first storm of the 2010 season, Hurricane Alex began pelting Brownsville, South Padre Island, an Read More

Rescue Seeks Help for Horses

A Maryland horse rescue is seeking volunteers and materials to assist in the care of 26 allegedly malnourished horses removed from a Garrett County farm on June 17. Animal welfare authorities removed the horses along with other livestock after r Read More

Reward Offered for Endurance Horse's Return

A California woman is offering a $1,000 cash reward for the safe return of her Arabian gelding lost June 20 during an endurance training session in Los Angeles County. Jacqy Gamble became separated from the horse when it bolted after Read More

Rescued Mare Euthanized

Virikis Sis, the registered Arabian racing mare discovered wandering in a field in rural Hialeah, Fla., earlier this month was euthanized on Friday after being diagnosed with a shredded tendon, said Jeannette Jordan, president of the South Flor Read More

FBI Asked to Probe Calico Gathers

A Nevada wild horse advocate wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on grounds that the BLM unlawfully removed horses from the Calico Mountain Complex Herd Management Area. Read More

Maryland Farmer Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

A Maryland farm operator faces multiple animal cruelty charges for the alleged maltreatment of 26 horses on his Garrett County property. Last month, animal welfare authorities removed the horses along with other livestock after recei Read More

Rescuers Seek Arabian Mare's Owner

Equine rescue operators in Florida are seeking the most recent owner of an Arabian racing mare originally registered to a high-profile global breeding organization. Law enforcement authorities discovered Virikis Sis, two other mares Read More

Proposed Canadian Bill Could Halt U.S. Slaughter Exports

A proposed Canadian law could halt the export of U.S. horses for slaughter in that country, one equine welfare advocate said. Along with Mexico, Canada became a major destination for U.S. slaughter-bound horses after court actions shuttered rema Read More

Nevada Men Plead Guilty to Mustang Killings

Two Nevada men each face penalties of up to one year in jail and $100,000 in fines after pleading guilty to shooting five Bureau of Land Management mustangs in Buckhorn Herd Management Area in Nevada in November 2009. Agency helicopt Read More

Police Probe NY Horse Shootings

Law enforcement authorities are seeking those responsible for a series of sniper attacks on horses in Ticonderoga, N.Y. The horses' owners discovered the animals wounded in their pastures in May and early June. Each horse Read More

Oocytes From Live Mare Produce Healthy Cloned Foal

A Lipizzaner foal born on May 5 is the first cloned horse produced by using oocytes (immature egg cells) harvested from a live mare. Previously, oocytes recovered from live mare donors were used to clone mules, but horses were cloned using oocy Read More

Gulf Oil Spill Called No Immediate Threat to Horses

The massive oil spill in Gulf of Mexico poses no immediate threat to horses residing in Gulf states, according to one Louisiana official. The massive oil leak began last month when a deep water British Petroleum water oil rig off the Read More

Reward Offered for Lost Horses' Return

A New Hampshire couple hope the offer of a cash reward will help them recover two Paso Fino horses lost during a trail ride last month. Garrett and Deb Caputo became separated from the horses on May 21 after one of the animals became Read More

Colorado Rancher Sentenced in Abuse Case

A Colorado man will serve one year in a work release program for maltreating 17 horses on his Jefferson County ranch.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies seized the animals from their owner, John McCulley, in May 2009 after a tip Read More

Missing Kansas Horse Found Dead

A horse allegedly stolen from a Kansas breeding ranch last month was discovered dead in a ravine just one-quarter mile from its Ellis County pasture. The mare's owners reported the animal missing from the RMH Ranch on May 23 afte Read More

BLM: Plan Would Create Sanctuary for Calico Complex Mustangs

Wild mustangs removed from the Calico Mountain Complex range in Nevada would avoid placement in long-range holding facilities in the Midwest if the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), wild horse advocates and a Nevada rancher can agree on an alter Read More

Ohio Bill Would Refine State Livestock Law

Horse owners in Ohio whose animals unintentionally roam from their enclosures could be spared criminal prosecution under a new bill designed to refine the state's so-called running-at-large law. Under current law, owners can be h Read More

West Virginia Man Charged with Cruelty

A West Virginia man faces animal cruelty charges connected to the alleged neglect of more than 50 equines seized from his Wayne County property last week. Acting on a tip, Wayne County law enforcement authorities discovered the 51 al Read More