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 Mexico Wild Horse Sanctuary Plan Stalled

A plan to develop the country's first state-owned wild horse sanctuary was stalled yesterday when New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced that revenue set aside to develop the sanctuary would instead be used to offset cuts in state services and Read More

Texas Man Sentenced in Horse Theft Case

A Texas man will serve three years in prison in connection with the theft of a Miniature Horse earlier this year. According to a spokesperson for Kleberg County District Attorney John T. Hubert, Luciano Riojas stole the animal from a Kleberg County Read More

Report Reviews BLM Gather Conduct

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustang handling procedures during three roundups this past summer were professional and appropriate, according to independent equine specialists who observed the gathers. The observers' findings were publish Read More

Reward Offered for Information About Idaho Mustang Shootings

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting deaths of two mustangs in Idaho. Read More

New Jersey Rescue Trustees Accused of Misappropriating Funds

The New Jersey Attorney General is accusing two trustees of a horse rescue in that state of misappropriating more than $60,000 in contributions from online donors who thought they were saving horses from so-called kill-buyers.

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Oklahoma Mini Horse Returned to Rescue

The Miniature Horse recently reported missing (and possibly stolen) has been returned to the Oklahoma rescue where it was under care.

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Rescued Oklahoma Mini Horse Reported Missing

Law enforcement authorities in Oklahoma are seeking information connected with the disappearance of a Miniature Horse from an equine rescue where he was under rehabilitative treatment.

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Tennessee Walking Horse Organization Resists USDA Mandate

PRIDE, a Kentucky-based Tennessee Walking Horse Industry Organization (HIO), has declined to include new USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Horse Protection Act (HPA) enforcement regulations in its 2011 horse show rule book ... Read More

Louisiana Man Charged in Horse Shooting

A Louisiana man is facing an animal cruelty charge after allegedly shooting a horse in November. Workers at the Kansas City Southern railroad yard discovered a 13-year-old Appaloosa mare wandering around the railway property in Caddo Parish ... Read More

New York Judge Orders Care Bond in Farm Operator Case

A New York State Supreme Court judge has ordered a Morgan horse training farm operator to pay the SPCA Serving Erie County $13,456.40 for the care of 33 horses seized by the agency earlier this year. Read More

Owner of Abandoned Oregon Horses Sought

Law enforcement authorities in Oregon are seeking the owner of two apparently abandoned horses. Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Clint Pierce said Portland General Electric utility company personnel discovered the ... Read More

Barn Fire Kills 24 Horses at Wisconsin Rescue

The operators of a Wisconsin horse rescue are seeking a new location after fire swept through their leased barn last week, killing 24 animals.

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Horse Hauler Charged with Animal Cruelty

A truck driver is facing animal cruelty charges in Kansas after two horses he was transporting fell inside their livestock trailer and were later euthanized. On Oct. 31, John Caldwell of Wetumka, Okla., was hauling 15 horses ... Read More

Guilty Plea Entered in Florida Horse Poaching Case

A Florida man accused of poaching two horses then butchering them for their meat pleaded guilty to the charges against him during an appearance in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on Nov. 17.

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Proposal Would End Live Harness Racing at Meadowlands

A proposed plan to close one of two state-owned racetracks in New Jersey would end harness racing in that state and could put Standardbred racehorses at risk, according to Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners ... Read More

Louisiana Horse Shooter Sought

Law enforcement authorities in Louisiana are seeking those responsible for shooting a horse found wandering and wounded in Caddo Parish this past weekend. Sgt. Doyle Smith of the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department said workers at the Kansas City ... Read More

Reward Offered in Connection with Georgia Horse Cutting Case

Law enforcement authorities in Georgia are hoping the offer of a cash reward will lead to information revealing how a horse sustained severe lacerations while residing in its pasture last month. Read More

Texas Judge Rules for Equine Dentists

A Texas judge sided with equine dentists in that state on Nov. 9 when she ruled that the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners violated state law when it changed its rules to allow only licensed veterinarians to perform dental procedures. Read More

Canadian Trainers, Owner Accused of Drugging Horses

Two Canadian horse trainers and a horse owner are facing multiple charges for allegedly administering non-therapeutic, performance-enhancing substances to Standardbred harness racing horses in Ontario. Read More

Texas Horse Dealer to Pay Restitution

A Texas horse dealer accused of misrepresenting the health and nature of horses she offered for sale online will pay more than $65,000 in restitution to clients who were misled about the animals they purchased. Read More

Arrest Made in Lexington Barn Vandalism Case

A juvenile faces criminal mischief charges in connection with the alleged vandalism of a horse barn in Lexington, Ky., this past weekend. Read More

Montana Authorities Seek Help in Investigating Horse Shootings

Law enforcement authorities in Montana are seeking the public's help in identifying whoever is responsible for shooting two horses in Gallatin County in September. Read More

Nevada Pair Sentenced in Mustang Shooting Case

Two Nevada men will each serve six months in federal prison and one year of probation in connection with the November 2009 shooting deaths of five Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs. Read More

Utah Horse Killed, Then Butchered for Meat

Animal welfare authorities in Utah are seeking those responsible for killing a horse, then apparently butchering it for its meat. Read More

BLM, Wild Horse Advocates to Discuss Walker Lake Mustang Management Plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Army and wild horse advocates will meet in Nevada to discuss ways to manage 104 mustangs residing south of Walker Lake on the Hawthorne Army Depot. Read More