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

Suit Seeks Halt to Colorado BLM Mustang Gather

A group of wild horse advocates has asked a federal judge to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from carrying out a scheduled mustang gather in Colorado on grounds that the roundup violates federal regulations. The agency plans Read More

Charges Pending in North Carolina Cruelty Case

Animal welfare authorities have filed multiple animal cruelty warrants for a Thoroughbred horse breeder who allegedly maltreated 35 animals on property he leased in Davie County, N.C. Bob DeWitt, animal cruelty investigator for the D Read More

West Virginia Rescuer Charged

The operator of a West Virginia horse rescue has been charged with multiple animal cruelty counts in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals on her Martinsburg farm. Last month, Berkeley County law enforcement authorities Read More

Georgia Farm Operator Charged

A Georgia man is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment on his Habersham County farm. County animal control authorities and personnel from the Read More

Canadian Protests Target Horse Processing

More than 100 anti-slaughter protestors targeted horse processing plants, restaurants, and specialty butcher shops in 10 Canadian cities yesterday to promote support of C-544, legislation that would amend the Canadian Health of Animals Act to f Read More

Convicted Ohio Horse Trainer Sentenced

Robin Vess, the Ohio horse trainer found guilty in April on more than 40 counts of second degree misdemeanor animal cruelty for maltreating Arabian horses on her Oak Read More

New Motion Seeks Halt to BLM Activities

A wild horse advocate is asking a federal court to stop the Bureau of Land Management from rounding-up animals anywhere gathers are planned. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Reno, Nev., on Sept. 24, Laura Leigh asked the c Read More

Wild Horses: New Mexico Plan Would Create Nation's First State-Owned Sanctuary

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson wants his state to be the first to establish a state-owned sanctuary for wild horses. On Sept. 16 Richardson announced he would use $2.8 million in funds awarded to the state under the American Rec Read More

Georgia Horses Under Care After Seizure

A herd of 40 allegedly maltreated horses are under rehabilitative care after their removal from a Clarkesville, Ga., property on Monday. Habersham County Director of Animal services Jason Smith said county animal control authorities Read More

Utah Fire Forces Horse Evacuations

More than 80 horses are residing at a Salt Lake County, Utah, equestrian center after a wild fire forced them from their homes this past weekend. The fire broke out early Sunday afternoon when a training exercise at Camp Williams, a Read More

Bill Would Establish Corolla Wild Horse Population Level

A bill that would establish permanent population levels for a wild horse herd residing on North Carolina's Outer Banks is pending in the U.S. House of Representatives' Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife. Read More

New Kansas City Law Protects Police Horses

Anyone who abuses, teases, or otherwise interferes with a police horse in Kansas City, Mo., could face criminal charges and penalties including fines of up to $500 and 180 days in jail, according to a new ordinance that went into effect in that Read More

Digital Image Makers Partner with American Humane Association

A California company that uses green screen technology to produce digital images of horses and other animals for use in print and film advertisements and other applications has partnered with the American Humane Association, a national organiza Read More

Texas Regulators to Reconsider Proposed Equine Dentist Rule

The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners will reconsider a proposed rule that would prohibit so-called "lay equine dentists" in that state from using motorized or air-powered files to float horses' teeth without the direct supervision Read More

Plea Deal Offered in Florida Horse Poaching Case

Two Florida men accused of poaching two horses and butchering them for their meat will soon decide whether they will accept a plea deal in the case or go to trial for multiple felony charges. Miami-Dade County law enforcement authori Read More

Judge Denies Ohio Woman's New Trial Bid

Former Ohio Arabian horse trainer Robin Vess, who was found guilty on multiple animal cruelty charges in April, has lost her bid for a retrial. Animal welfare authorities charged Vess with 42 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty in F Read More

Virginia Veterinarian Faces Cruelty Charges

A Virginia veterinarian faces multiple animal cruelty charges for allegedly neglecting 18 horses that were removed from her Franklin County property last month. Captain Aleck Beeman of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department sai Read More

Some Seized Kansas Horses Ready for New Homes

More than 40 of the 80 horses removed from a Kansas equine rescue in July are available for placement in new permanent homes. Sheriff's deputies and veterinarians removed the horses from the Winding Road Equine Rescue and Retirement facility on July Read More

Florida Woman Charged for Failing to Report EIA-Positive Horses

A Florida woman faces a felony charge for failing to inform state agricultural authorities that a horse on her property tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA). EIA is an infectious, potentially fatal viral disease transferred from horse-t Read More

Waiting for the Veterinarian

Unless a horse develops an injury or other condition with a veterinarian present, the chances of its receiving immediate veterinary care are slim. That's why it's important an owner knows how to help his or her injured horse until the veterinarian Read More

Horse Owners Advised to Prepare for Hurricane Earl

Hurricane Earl isn't expected to take a swipe at Massachusetts' east coast until Saturday, but on Tuesday boarding barn operator Dausha Campbell didn't waste time preparing for the storm's arrival. "We feel like Read More

Coronary Band Injuries in Horses

Horses are likely to sustain coronary band and hoof wall injuries at one time or another. These injuries can carry long-term performance and soundness consequences. Read More

BLM Requests Independent Operations Review

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has asked the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC), an independent, nonprofit group that advises government agencies on scientific issues, to review the agency's Wild Horse and Read More

California Horse Dealer Accused of Fraud

A California woman accused of misrepresenting horses she offered for sale on equine-related websites pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge under a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles last week. Assistant U.S Read More

California Anti-Slaughter Resolution Passes

A bill instructing California's congressional delegation to support federal legislation that would forbid the transport of horses to horse processing plants in Canada and Mexico took its final step to passage on Wednesday when that state's Senate app Read More