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

New Charge Added in Montana Cruelty Case

A Montana rancher accused of maltreating a herd of horses is now facing at total of 16 animal cruelty counts. Yellowstone County prosecutors added yet another count of animal cruelty bringing the total number of charges against Leachman to 16, said Read More

Georgia Horse Owner Accused of Cruelty Enters Plea

A Georgia man accused of neglecting 40 horses on his Habersham County farm has pleaded no contest to the animal cruelty counts against him. County animal control authorities and personnel from the Lil One's Ridin' Ranch horse rescue removed the Read More

Indiana Authorities Seek Owner of Abandoned Horses

Animal welfare authorities in Ft. Wayne, Ind., are seeking the owner of two horses apparently abandoned in Johnny Appleseed Memorial Park last week.
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More Than 100 Horses Seized in Canada

More than 100 horses are in the care of the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) after being removed from a farm near Calgary earlier this week. Alberta SPCA Executive Director Terra Johnston said the investigation into the Read More

BLM Review Team Releases Harriman Facility Review

About 200 horses currently residing at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salt Lake Regional Wild Horse and Burro Center in Herriman, Utah, will be relocated according to recommendations made by a team of inspectors who visited the site earlier this Read More

Wild Horse Lawsuit to Go Forward

A federal judge sided with wild horse advocates April 19 when he declined to dismiss their lawsuit claiming that a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) round up of approximately 2,000 animals from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area near Susanville, Read More

Pennsylvania Bill Creates Animal Abuser Registry

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a measure that would create a statewide database containing the names of those convicted on animal cruelty charges--including cruelty to horses--anywhere in the state. Sponsored by State Sen. Larry Farnese, Read More

New York Horse Mutilation Probed

State law enforcement authorities are seeking whoever is responsible for cutting off part of a horse's tongue at a farm in Massena, N.Y. Owner Teri Chapin said she discovered the injured Paint mare April 17 when she entered the horse's stall to feed Read More

Virginia Livestock Welfare Bill Becomes Law

A Virginia bill amending the state's animal welfare code to include specific horse care practices was signed into law in late March. HB 1541 requires horse owners to provide their animals with feed to prevent malnutrition, water to prevent Read More

BLM, Veterinarians Review Utah Facility Conditions

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) personnel, the Utah State Veterinarian, and a veterinarian from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have reviewed conditions at a wild horse holding facility in Utah after a Colorado-based Read More

Tornado Claims Horses at North Carolina Farm

A dozen horses were killed and several others injured when a tornado swept through a Lee County, N.C., farm and training facility on April 16. Trainer Dany Pelletier said 44 horses were residing at the 200-acre Misty Creek Ranch in Sanford, N.C. when Read More

California Horse Dealer Sentenced

A California woman who pleaded guilty to misrepresenting horses she offered for sale on equine-related websites will serve 41 months in prison and pay $273,000 in restitution to 88 people who responded to her horse sales advertisements. Read More

Virginia Couple Indicted on Cruelty Charges

A grand jury in King and Queen County, Va., has indicted Robert H. Amos and Elizabeth B. Newsome-Amos on 20 counts each of animal cruelty, according to King and Queen County Circuit Court Clerk, Deborah F. Longest. The indictments stem from the Read More

Wild Horse Advocates Allege Poor Conditions at BLM Holding Facility

A report recently released by the Cloud Foundation, a Colorado-based wild horse advocacy group, alleges that the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Salt Lake Regional Wild Horse and Burro Center holding facility in Herriman, Utah, is housing mustangs Read More

Oregon Horse Shooting Probe Expands

The probe into the shooting deaths of wild horses at the Ochoco National Forest near Prineville, Ore., expanded last week when a Crook County Sheriff's Department deputy discovered another horse that had apparently been shot and killed.
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Owner of Stray Ohio Horses Sought

Law enforcement authorities in Ross Township, Ohio, are seeking the owner of three horses discovered wandering around the township last week.
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Proposed Bill Would Expand Corolla Wild Horse Herd

The Corolla wild horse herd might grow larger with the passing of a bill currently under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives' committee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs. Currently 108 horses in the North Carolina Read More

Nevada Bill Would Ban Horse Tripping

Nevada lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban horse tripping, a rodeo event in which a horse is released into an arena and pursued by a person on foot or on horseback who ropes the animal's front or back legs causing it to fall to the Read More

Allegedly Malnourished Oregon Horses Seized, Relocated

More than 100 allegedly malnourished horses seized in February by Oregon law enforcement authorities remain under care after being relocated from a remote Wallowa County breeding farm to more accessible facilities near Joseph, Ore.
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Heater Blamed for Deadly Ohio Barn Fire

Fire officials in Colerain Township, Ohio, have determined that an electric heater used to warm a newborn calf was responsible for a fire that swept through a barn at a Crabbet Arabian breeding farm, killing 24 horses.
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Tennessee Walking Horse Farm Owners Suspended

The owners of a high-profile Tennessee Walking Horse breeding farm have been suspended from participating in horse shows and other equine-related activities for one year for allegedly violating the Horse Protection Act (HPA).
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Texas Bill Would Clarify Equine Dentistry Issues

Texas lawmakers are pondering legislation that would define the role of nonveterinarian equine dentists in that state. Current state law does not prohibit nonveterinarian dentists from floating horses' teeth. But defining just how much work Read More

Nebraska Horse Processing Legislation Moving Forward

A Nebraska measure that could invite private-sector horse processing into that state drew closer to becoming law on March 30 when lawmakers voted it out of the first round of floor debates required to pass the legislation.
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Trial Date Set in Tennessee 'Soring' Case

Last week a federal court judge in Tennessee, U.S. Magistrate Judge William B. Mitchell Carter, set May 31 as the trial date for a Spotted Saddle Horse trainer and two other individuals accused of violating the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The act Read More

BLM Calls for More Sanctuary Partners

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking new proposals from private-sector individuals and organizations interested in developing eco-sanctuaries for wild horses and burros on combined private and public lands located within herd management Read More