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

California Rancher Faces 70 Animal Cruelty Charges

Dwight Bennett allegedly starved more than 50 horses on his ranch; Faces 70 counts of animal cruelty. Read More

Rancher Convicted on Mustang Cruelty Charges Paroled

Jason Meduna, who was convicted on multiple felony animal cruelty counts, has been granted parole. Read More

Michigan Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

Michigan authorities are investigating the shooting death of a mare discovered fatally wounded in her field. Read More

California Man Charged in Animal Cruelty Case

A California man is facing cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of more than 50 horses. Read More

Rally Protests Nevada Stray Horse Roundup

Equine welfare advocates rallied Oct. 25 against a plan to remove stray horses from a Northern Nevada range. Read More

Oregon Horse Shooter Sought

Oregon authorities are seeking whoever is responsible for the shooting deal the a horse in Yoncalla. Read More

Florida Thoroughbred Found Butchered

A Thoroughbred horse was discovered butchered alongside a road in northwest Miami-Dade County, Fla., Oct. 20. Read More

Horses Unharmed After Ohio Exotic Animal Release Incident

A herd of horses remains unharmed after their owner released exotic animals from their cages last week. Read More

New York Horse Owner Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

A New York woman is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of hors Read More

Louisiana Youths Charged in Horse Thefts

Two juveniles are facing charges for allegedly stealing seven horses from a Louisiana animal control shelter. Read More

Tennessee Trainer Pleads Guilty to Soring Charges

Paul Blackburn has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to violate the Horse Protection Act. Read More

Nevada Agricultural Authorities to Reduce Stray Herd

Stray horses from a private range in Northern Nevada likely will be relocated to a correctional facility. Read More

Owners of Stray Caddo Parish, La., Horses Sought

Louisiana authorities are seeking the owners of three horses discovered wandering in Caddo Parish on Monday. Read More

BLM to Close Herriman Wild Horse Holding Facility

A Utah-based BLM holding facility that some allege constituted an unhealthy environment for horses is closing. Read More

Houston Police Probe Horse Killing

Houston, Texas, police are seeking whoever is responsible for the stabbing death of a horse last week. Read More

Animal Abuser Registry Bill Passed in Albany County, NY

A bill creating an animal cruelty offender database in Albany County, N.Y., was passed unanimously on Oct. 11. Read More

Reward Offered in New York Horse Shooting

A New York woman hopes a reward will help lead authorities to whoever is responsible for shooting her horse. Read More

Judge: BLM Must Respond to Inhumane Handling Allegations

A federal court judge asked the BLM to answer allegations that some mustang handling procedures are inhumane. Read More

Corolla Wild Horse Herd Expansion Bill Advances

Federal legislation that would allow the Corolla Wild Horse herd to grow larger has advanced. Read More

Extreme Weather Results in Lack of Forage for Horses

Extreme weather conditions are driving hay prices skyward and stretching owners' resources in a tough economy. Read More

More Charges Filed in Maryland Neglect Case

A Maryland farm operator has been charged with additional cruelty counts for allegedly neglecting her horses. Read More

New Ohio Rule Allows Proactive Tail Docking by Veterinarians

Licensed Ohio veterinarians can now dock the tails of horses to prevent injury to the animals under HB 229. Read More

Rescued Hawaiian Wild Donkeys Relocated to California

More than 100 feral donkeys were airlifted from Hawaii to California to find adoptive homes. Read More

Plants That Kill

Minimize your horse's risk of ingesting a deadly plant by identifying and removing harmful species Read More

Pennsylvania Authorities Probe Attacks on Ponies

Authorities are searching for whoever allegedly beat three Shetland ponies and tied one pony to the ceiling. Read More