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
November 11, 2009
City of Baltimore authorities have seized 19 ponies after inspectors discovered the animals residing in allegedly filthy, dilapidated stables. The ponies are all owned by Baltimore street vendors who sell produce from horse-drawn Read More
November 05, 2009
A couple in the United Kingdom have become the first horse owners convicted of obesity-related animal cruelty under that country's Animal Welfare Act, said a report from Read More
November 02, 2009
The number of horses apparently butchered for their meat in the Miami area since January rose to 21 on Saturday when trail riders discovered the remains of a Thoroughbred mare alongside a rural road in Miami-Dade County.
In Read More
October 30, 2009
A Florida man faces animal cruelty charges after allegedly tying a rope around a pony's leg so tightly that the animal lost its hoof.
Sheri Evans, cruelty investigator for the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County Inc., Read More
October 28, 2009
A Texas equine rescue group is seeking donations of feed, hay, cash, and other necessities to care for 60 ponies and horses recently relinquished by their owner.
Law enforcement authorities in Lewisville, Texas, discovered the animals Read More
October 27, 2009
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been tasked with examining how horse processing plant closures have affected equine welfare. The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that provides Congress with objective, fact-based Read More
October 26, 2009
More than 30 horses removed from a petting zoo at a Texas feed store will be returned to their owner.
Dallas County law enforcement authorities and SPCA of Texas personnel Read More
October 23, 2009
A New Hampshire equine rescue got an unexpected makeover earlier this month thanks to a local filmmaker and a more than 100 construction-savvy volunteers.
The volunteers arrived unannounced at the Equine Protection of North America (EPONA) Read More
October 19, 2009
The majority of the Egyptian Arabian horses removed from a Texas breeding farm in August are now residing in new homes.
More than 70 animals were removed from the Renazans Read More
October 11, 2009
Tawnee Preisner doesn't need a calendar to know that winter is approaching--all she has to do is count the number of inquiries she receives from horse owners wanting to place their animals at her California equine rescue. Calls from financially Read More
October 09, 2009
Thousands of wild horses would be relocated from their traditional Western ranges to preserves in the East and Midwest under a proposed plan unveiled in a letter from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to congressional leaders on Wednesday. Read More
October 08, 2009
Two Miami, Fla.,Â men are facing charges after allegedly selling horse meat to an undercover police officer.
Miami-Dade Police arrested Roberto Chavez and Ricardo Olivarez on Tuesday after the pair allegedly sold the officer 10 Read More
October 07, 2009
More than 30 horses are among 386 animals in SPCA of Texas custody after authorities seized them from a petting zoo located behind a Dallas County feed store.
Dallas County law enforcement authorities and SPCA of Texas personnel remove Read More
October 01, 2009
In a stubbornly stagnant economy and with winter fast approaching, equine rescue operators are finding creative ways to attract financial support from beyond their traditional contributor bases.
Equine welfare agencies began to feel the Read More
October 01, 2009
A former Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee faces multiple charges in connection with the fatal shooting of three horses located in a federal corral in Rock Springs, Wyo., in Read More
September 30, 2009
A Fort Pierre, S.D., man faces multiple charges in connection with the theft of Dually, a champion barrel racing horse allegedly stolen from the Stanley County fairgrounds in July. Read More
September 28, 2009
September 22, 2009
A second Florida man is in custody in connection with two horse poaching incidents, including the death of horse in Miami Gardens butchered for its meat.
Miami-Dade Police arrested Santiago Cabrera, 19, on Monday in connection with Read More
September 17, 2009
A Florida man faces multiple criminal charges in connection with two horse poaching incidents including the death of a horse in Miami Gardens butchered for its meat.
The horse was Read More
September 16, 2009
People considering adopting a wild horse might find their equine matches at one of 35 events taking place nationwide during National Wild Horse Adoption Day Sept. 26.
Currently about 33,100 mustangs roam federal lands in 10 Western states. Read More
September 15, 2009
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida rose to $20,000 today when Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County Inc. increased its reward offer to $15,000. Read More
September 14, 2009
Police in Hillsborough County, Fla., are seeking two men and a woman suspected of stealing five horses from a Seffner pasture on Sept. 5.
The stolen horses were among eight located in the pasture when the suspects cut a fence, drove a Read More
September 11, 2009
The owner of a Quarter Horse mare found dead in its South Carolina pasture last month is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoeve Read More
September 10, 2009
The majority of horses from the Pryor Mountain herd are back on the range now that their controversial gather is complete.
September 10, 2009
Tennessee Walking Horse breeders in Kentucky who are found to be noncompliant with Horse Protection Act (HPA) anti-soring rules will be unable to receive breeders' incentive funds under new Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) regulations. Read More