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

Oklahoma Racing Commission Helps Retired, Unwanted Thoroughbreds

Retired Oklahoma-bred Thoroughbred racehorses will get help retraining for a second career thanks to a new rule passed by the Oklahoma Racing Commission last week. Under the rule, Oklahoma Breeding Development Fund Special Account funds may be Read More

BLM Funding Faces Potential Cut

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would lose $2 million in funding if an amendment introduced and sponsored by U.S. Representative Dan Burton (Ind.) earlier this week is approved. Burton presented the funding cut as an amendment to an omnibus Read More

Montana Pair Faces Charges

A Montana couple faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of horses on their Carbon County property. Carbon County Deputy County Attorney Rennie Wittman said that earlier this month, authorities from the Read More

Nebraska Horse Processing Bill Advances

A measure intended to facilitate private sector horse processing plant development in Nebraska was approved by that state Senate's Agriculture Committee on Feb. 15. The bill, LB 305, would establish a state inspection program for plants that process Read More

Florida Man Charged with Animal Killings

Florida law enforcement authorities have charged a Walton County man with two felony animal cruelty counts for allegedly killing a Miniature Horse and a dog after a family dispute. Walton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Michael Morrison said Read More

Oregon Authorities Seek Horse Owner

Law enforcement authorities in Oregon are seeking the owner of a horse found wandering in the Tumalo Reservoir area between the towns of Bend and Sisters last week. Deschutes County sheriff's deputies discovered the approximately 8- to 10-year-old Read More

Michigan Man Charged in Horse Killings

A Michigan man is charged with killing two horses, one of them his own, according to Ottawa County law enforcement authorities. The man suspected his wife and her horse's trainer were engaged in an extramarital affair. Ottawa County sheriff's Read More

Reward Offered for Information about Mustang Shooting

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for shooting a wild horse in Nevada. On Feb. 9 an on-site veterinarian conducting health assessments Read More

West Virginia Man Faces Cruelty Charges

A West Virginia man is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of horses on his Greenbrier County farm. Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Kirby Hanson said that last week after responding Read More

Idaho Ranchers Face Cruelty Charges

Three Idaho ranchers are facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of nearly 100 animals, including 30 horses. On Jan. 18 personnel from the Payette County Sheriff's Department, the Idaho Department of Read More

Wyoming House Leaders: Allegations Against Wallis Unfounded

Leaders of the Wyoming House of Representatives have declared allegations of ethics violations stemming from a complaint filed by a Wyoming resident against State Representative Sue Wallis unfounded. Wallis was the primary sponsor of HB 122, a Read More

Maryland Horse Shooter Sought

Law enforcement authorities in Maryland are seeking those responsible for shooting a show horse residing in a Charles County pasture. Diane Richardson, press secretary for Charles County Sheriff Rex Coffey said the horse's owner discovered the Read More

Texas Pair Faces Cruelty Charges

A Texas couple is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of 39 horses removed from their Coryell County property earlier this week. In addition, 250 dogs, two Bengal tigers, two mountain lions, one primate, Read More

Cordero Sentenced in Florida Horse Poaching Case

A Florida man, Luis Miguel Cordero, was sentenced on Feb. 1 to serve four years in prison after he plead guilty to poaching two horses and butchering them for their meat. Miami-Dade County law enforcement authorities arrested Cordero in September Read More

Manna Pro Issues Feed Recall

Horse feed manufacturer Manna Pro Products LLC has voluntarily recalled one of its horse feed products distributed in California, Nevada, and Oregon because it might contain potentially harmful levels of monensin sodium (trade name Rumensin). Read More

Plea Entered in Montana Cruelty Case

A Montana man accused to maltreating a herd of horses has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The herd of 450 horses, owned by James H. Leachman, was residing on 9,400 acres of deeded land and 30,000 acres of leased Crow Tribal land Read More

BLM Declines Wild Horse Sanctuary Proposal, Requests More Info

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has rejected Madeleine Pickens' plan to create a Wild Horse sanctuary in Nevada according to a written statement from BLM Director Bob Abbey. The wife of Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens first offered to establish the Read More

Montana Man Faces Cruelty Charges

A Montana rancher faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged neglect of 450 horses. Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said the horses are residing on 9,400 acres of deeded land and 30,000 acres of leased Crow tribal Read More

Proposed Virginia Bill Amends Animal Welfare Code

Proposed legislation in Virginia would amend that state's animal welfare code to include care practices for horses and other livestock, but some equine rescue operators say the bill's language is confusing. Introduced on Jan. 12, HB 1541 would Read More

Reward Offered in Assateague Island Wild Horse Shooting

National Park Service officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the shooting death of a wild horse at the Assateague Island National Seashore earlier this month. Read More

Nebraska Lawmakers Consider Horse Processing, Rescue Bills

Proposed legislation in Nebraska could facilitate horse processing plant development in that state, while a companion bill would penalize rescue operators who turn away horses brought to them for care. Introduced on Jan. 12, LB 305 would establish a Read More

Suspicious Wisconsin Horse Death Not Caused by Cougar

A wild animal was not responsible for killing a Wisconsin horse, according to necropsy results on the horse, which were released last week.
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Colorado Man Sentenced in Barn Arson Case

A Colorado man was sentenced on Jan. 12 to serve more than 10 years in prison in connection with a barn fire that killed 12 horses and several other animals on May 9, 2010. The horses, a goat, and several chickens and roosters were r Read More

Owner of Stray Florida Horse Sought

Animal welfare authorities in Palm Beach County, Fla., are seeking the owner of a horse discovered wandering in a rural area of the county last week. Capt. David Walesky, operations manager of the Palm County Animal Care and Control, said area Read More

Horses Relocated From Montana Sanctuary

Eighty horses are among hundreds of animals receiving veterinary and other care after being relocated from an animal sanctuary in Montana. Prior to their relocation, the horses were among 1,200 animals (including 650 llamas, two camels, several pot Read More