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

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

Tennessee Horse Processing Bill Stalled

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

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

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

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

California Horse Shooter Sought

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

Proposed N.Y. Bill would Create Abuser Registry

Erie County would become the fourth New York county to establish a registry for convicted animal abusers. Read More

Groups Ask FDA to Prevent Companion Horse Processing

The groups contend drugs administered during the horses' lives make them unsuitable for human consumption. Read More

Canadian Veterinarian Convicted on Cruelty Charges

Mark Marohn, DVM, was convicted of maltreating six horses, one of which he tried to use to pull an automobile. Read More

Gathering Calls for Congressional Horse Slaughter Ban

Horse welfare advocates called on Congress to reinstate the funding ban on USDA horsemeat inspections. Read More

Musician Willie Nelson Adopts Rescued S.C. Horses

Two allegedly maltreated horses will soon be heading to a new home at singer Willie Nelson's Texas ranch. Read More

Bond Conditions Set in McConnell Soring Case

McConnell is not allowed to train client horses while awaiting his trial for alleged HPA violations. Read More

HSUS Wants Felony Charges for Using Chemicals on Horses

The HSUS calls for felony charges for using chemicals to sore and mask soring on Tennessee Walking Horses. Read More

BLM Lists Range Improvement Projects

BLM will spend $300,000 on 12 projects to improve conditions where wild horses and burros reside. Read More

Tennessee Bill Discourages Slaughter Plant Court Challenges

Proposed Tennessee bill could make challenges to horse-processing plant development costly. Read More

Iowa Horse Owner Faces Charges

Following a veterinary examination at the scene, the surviving horses were placed with a horse rescue. Read More

Miss. Authorities Seek Owner of Injured, Abandoned Horse

The 4- to 5-year-old sorrel male Tennessee Walking Horse was discovered on March 2, standing on a roadside. Read More

Texas Horse Attacker Sought

Texas authorities are seeking whoever is responsible for beating a horse before setting it ablaze. Read More

Oregon Horse Processing Plant Planned

n addition to the processing plant, the project includes an onsite equine "Rescue and Rejuvenation Program." Read More

Initial Missouri Horse Processing Plant Site Nixed

Developers cited high site preparation costs as the reason for abandoning the Mountain Grove location. Read More

'Luck' Filming Suspended After Third Horse Dies

The animal was being led back to its barn after a veterinary check when the horse reared and fell backwards. Read More