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

Person of Interest in SAU Horse Theft, Killing Case Arrested

The person of interest, William Hamilton, was arrested in Sebring, Fla., on May 7. Read More

Cause of California Police Horse Death Probed

The 13-year-old mare was found dead in her stall She will undergo a necropsy to determine cause of death. Read More

Horse Breeder Crundwell Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud Charge

Crundwell is accused of embezzling more than $53 million from the small Illinois town she worked for. Read More

Horse Rescuer Sues Suffolk Co. SPCA over Rights Violations

The complaint alleges the Suffolk Co. SPCA illegally exercised police power and violated civil rights. Read More

Arkansas Man Charged in Equine Cruelty Case

The man allegedly tied a horse to a tree for weeks without access to food or water. Read More

HBO's 'Luck' Faces New Equine Welfare Complaints

Information provided by a whistle-blower, including emails and memos from the AHA, prompted the complaints. Read More

N.M. Governor to USDA: Deny Horse Processing Plant Permit

Gov. Martinez asked the USDA to consider a state's opposition when deciding whether to approve an application. Read More

Feds Seek Forfeiture of Crundwell Horses

Horse breeder Crundwell was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $53 million from a small Illinois town. Read More

BLM Offers $10,000 Reward in Mustang, Burro Shooting Deaths

Since January the BLM has documented four incidents involving the killings of nine mustangs and two burros. Read More

New York Man Accused of Shooting Neighbor's Horses

The man allegedly shot and killed the six horses that "repeatedly wandered" on to his property. Read More

Authorities Seek Virginia Horse Slasher

Three horses sustained cuts requiring veterinary treatment. None of the wounds appeared life-threatening. Read More

Botulism Outbreak Suspected in Maine Horse Deaths

Agricultural authorities believe a botulism outbreak is responsible for the deaths of 23 horses at one farm. Read More

Lawmakers, Celebrities Urge Anti-Slaughter Bill Passage

Celebrities and animal welfare group representatives gathered to promote anti-slaughter legislation last week. Read More

Lawsuit Challenges AQHA Cloned Horse Registration Policy

Rule 227(a) prohibits cloned horses or their offspring from being included in the AQHA breed registry. Read More

Montana Barn Fire Claims 19 Horses

The blaze broke out just after 5 a.m. on April 23. All 19 horses residing in the 20,000 square foot barn died. Read More

Horse Breeder Accused of Misappropriating $30 Million

Prosecutors accuse Crundwell of misappropriating more than $30 million in city revenue between 2006 and 2012. Read More

Governor Against N.M. Horse Processing Plant Inspections

Gov. Martinez says she will ask the USDA to deny placement of inspectors at a New Mexico meat processing plant Read More

Tennessee Horse Processing Bill Stalled

Some legislators in the state questioned the parts of the legislation's constitutionality. Read More

Neglect Charges Dismissed Against Oregon Horse Breeder

The farm owner had been declared incompetent and was under the care of a guardian in Washington state. Read More

Reward Offered in BLM Mustang Slayings

The horses were discovered April 3 by a BLM crew working in the area. They'd likely been dead several weeks. Read More

Arson Ruled Out as Cause of Deadly Illinois Barn Fire

Forty horses were contained in the barn at the time of the blaze. Of those, 18 were killed in fire. Read More

Reward Offered in Georgia Horse Shooting Case

The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia received $5,000 from an anonymous donor to establish the reward. Read More

New York Man Sentenced in Charity Horse Show Theft Case

The man, who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $30,000 from the show, will serve six months in jail. Read More

Investigation into Georgia Horse Shootings Launched

A Tennessee Walking Horse sustained five gunshot wounds and a Quarter Horse sustained one gun shot wound. Read More

California Horse Shooter Sought

Someone allegedly transported two horses to a rural location before fatally shooting the animals in the head. Read More