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

Washington Authorities Probe Horse Shootings

Law enforcement authorities in Mason County, Wash., are seeking whoever is responsible for the shooting deaths of two horses. According to a Mason County Sheriff's Department press release, Sheriff's Deputies discovered the animals on Jan. 11, after Read More

Horse Processing Plants: Not Just a Horse Issue

As the lackluster economy continues to challenge the horse industry, ranchers, lawmakers, and horse owners gathered at the Summit of the Horse in Las Vegas, Nev., this week to discuss the economic state of the industry and the unwanted horse issues. Read More

Florida Man Charged in Illegal Horse Meat Probe

A Hialeah, Fla., man is facing multiple charges after his fingerprints were found on a van that police later determined contained horse meat intended for illegal sale. Read More

South Carolina Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

Law enforcement authorities in Spartanburg County, S.C., are seeking whoever is responsible for shooting a Tennessee Walking Horse residing in a pasture in Inman. According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Deputy's report, the owner discovered the Read More

Two Charged in Ohio Horse Shooting

Two Ohio men are facing multiple charges after allegedly engaging in a shooting spree that left one horse dead. According to a news release provided by Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks Sr., Jakeb M. Bailey and Blake M. Keel allegedly left Read More

Arkansas Horse Trader Faces Cruelty Charges

An Arkansas man is facing more than 100 animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of horses on his Fulton County property. On Dec. 7, Fulton County Sheriff's Deputies discovered 117 allegedly malnourished and neglected Read More

Rescue Group Launches Anti-Slaughter Awareness Campaign

A Pennsylvania-based equine rescue organization hopes a billboard advertising campaign will raise awareness of horse slaughter issues, particularly among non-horse owners.
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Search Under Way for Horse Lost in California Flood

A California man is hoping a tip will lead to the recovery of his horse that was lost when flooding caused by last week's heavy rains broke down the corral in which the animal was originally located.
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Pennsylvania Pony Shot, Police Search for Answers

The Pennsylvania State Police are seeking whoever is responsible for the shooting death of a pony earlier this month. Pennsylvania State Police Public Information Officer Steve Limani said the pony was discovered by its owners on Dec. 16. The animal Read More

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Pryor Mustang Herd Case

A federal court judge sided with wild horse advocates earlier this month when he declined to dismiss their lawsuit opposing a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) plan to construct a fence at the Custer National Forest, which spans from South Dakota to Montana Read More

Texas Humane Group Gets Custody of Rescued Herd

More than 40 allegedly maltreated Quarter Horses--including foals, yearlings, and several pregnant mares--remain under rehabilitative care after being placed in the custody of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) of East Texas. Read More

Complaint Seeks Probe of Wyoming Lawmaker

A Wyoming woman has asked the Speaker of the State's House of Representatives and other officials to investigate Representative Sue Wallis on grounds that the lawmaker violated ethics laws when she sponsored legislation to allow horse processing Read More

Cabrera Sentenced in Florida Horse Poaching Case

A Florida man will serve five years in prison for poaching two horses and butchering them for meat. In September 2009 Miami-Dade County law enforcement authorities arrested Santiago Cabrera in connection with a July 2009 incident involving a horse Read More

DOI Audit: Mustang Gathers Necessary

Roundups are necessary for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to control population growth among wild horse herds, according to a report by the Department of the Interior's Office of the Inspector General (OIG). In the report issued on Dec. 13 the Read More

Louisiana Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

Law enforcement authorities in St. Martin's Parish, La., are seeking those responsible for the shooting death of a horse earlier this year. Sgt. Terrell Bergeron, animal control coordinator for the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Department, said that Read More

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