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

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

Auditors Recommend Overhaul of HPA Enforcement Protocol

The current system for examining animals for signs of soring at Tennessee Walking Horse shows would be dismantled if recommendations contained in the results from a new USDA Office of Inspector General audit are adopted. Read More

Arizona Registry Lists Horse Rescues

Rescue operators in Arizona whose organizations meet specific corporate and care standards can now register with the state Department of Agriculture for inclusion in an online listing of sanctioned equine rescues in that state. Arizona Read More

Texas Man Faces Charges

A Texas man faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals on his Grayson County ranch. On Oct. 24, county law enforcement authorities and Texas SPCA personnel removed 32 allegedly malnou Read More

Fit or Fat? (Equine Body Condition)

Most owners get mixed results the first time they try to assess their horse using the Henneke body condition scale. However, it is a useful tool every conscientious owner should master. Read More

Reward for Information About Montana Horse Tail Cutting Incidents

A Montana couple is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person/persons who cut hair from the couple's horse's tail earlier this month. Beaverhead County resident Bob Riley said he and his wi Read More

Border Patrol Impounds Horses

Six horses are in USDA/Animal and Plant Health Services (APHIS) custody after U.S. Border Patrol agents impounded them from a pair of alleged smugglers near the California-Mexico border. Read More

Judge Allows Colorado Mustang Gather

A federal court judge has denied wild horse advocates' motion for an injunction to prevent a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustang gather in Colorado. The BLM began gathering wild horses that had moved outside of the Read More

West Virginia Rescue Operator Pleads Guilty

The operator of a West Virginia equine rescue will pay a $1,000 fine and is prohibited from owning animals for five years after pleading guilty to one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty under a plea deal Read More

New York Animal Abuser Registry: Database Designer Offers Boost

The operator of an online database that tracks animal abuse cases nationwide is offering to help animal welfare authorities in New York develop the nation's first registry for convicted animal abusers. Earlier this month, lawmake Read More

Psychological Evaluation Ordered in Florida Horse Poaching Case

Santiago Cabrera, who along with Luis Miguel Cordero, is accused of poaching two horses and butchering them for their meat in Florida, will undergo neurologic and psychological testing to determine his competence to stand trial for the crimes. Read More

Reward Offered in University of Tennessee at Martin Horse Shooting Case

Officials at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) are hoping that the offer of a $1,000 reward will lead to the arrest of whoever is responsible for shooting a horse used by the school's equestrian team. Bud Grimes, UTM's direct Read More

Charges Filed in Illinois Cruelty Case

An Illinois man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly beating his horse, according to a spokesperson for the Edgar County State's Attorney's Office. Dennis Hollingsworth was charged with one count of cruelty to animals and on Read More

Castration Clinics Address Unwanted Horse Issues

When Alison LaCarrubba, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, head of the College of Veterinary Medicine's equine ambulatory section, learned the Unwanted Horse Coalition would lend financial support to establish a castration Read More

New York Legislators Pass Animal Abuser Registry Law

The names, addresses, and photographs of convicted animal abusers residing in one New York county will soon be displayed online thanks to a new law that establishes the first animal abuse offender database in the nation. Unanimously Read More

Suit Seeks Halt to Colorado BLM Mustang Gather

A group of wild horse advocates has asked a federal judge to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from carrying out a scheduled mustang gather in Colorado on grounds that the roundup violates federal regulations. The agency plans Read More

Charges Pending in North Carolina Cruelty Case

Animal welfare authorities have filed multiple animal cruelty warrants for a Thoroughbred horse breeder who allegedly maltreated 35 animals on property he leased in Davie County, N.C. Bob DeWitt, animal cruelty investigator for the D Read More

West Virginia Rescuer Charged

The operator of a West Virginia horse rescue has been charged with multiple animal cruelty counts in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals on her Martinsburg farm. Last month, Berkeley County law enforcement authorities Read More