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

West Virginia Equine Rescue Regulation Bill Clears Senate

Legislation that would establish licensing and inspection regulations for equine rescues operating in West Virginia advanced when it was passed by that state's senate on March 1. The bill, SB 540, would require rescue operators i Read More

Navy Base Officials Investigate Equine Incident

Officials at the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., are investigating an incident involving a horse belonging to an active service member. Base Public Affairs Officer Kelley Stirling said that on the afternoon of Feb. 27, the horse's Read More

Texas Juveniles to Face Cruelty Charges

Two Texas juveniles will face criminal charges in connection with the shooting deaths of two horses, according to Grayson County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Ricky Wheeler. Wheeler said sheriff's department investigators Read More

Not Guilty Plea Entered in Montana Cruelty Case

A Montana couple accused of maltreating horses on their Carbon County ranch have pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them. Earlier this month, authorities discovered more than 60 animals residing on a ranch owned by Jack and Terry Martin. Read More

Calgary Stampede Lists New Animal Safety Rules

Horses used in the Rangeland Derby chuckwagon races at the 2011 Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada, will receive veterinary inspections upon arrival to the event and prior to competition under new rules announced by Stampede management on Feb. 23. Read More

BLM to Reduce Mustang Removals, Increase Contraceptive Use

Fewer Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs will be removed from the range and more mustang mares will receive anti-fertility treatment under a new management strategy plan announced by agency director Bob Abbey on Feb. 24. Under the plan, the BLM Read More

Oklahoma Racing Commission Helps Retired, Unwanted Thoroughbreds

Retired Oklahoma-bred Thoroughbred racehorses will get help retraining for a second career thanks to a new rule passed by the Oklahoma Racing Commission last week. Under the rule, Oklahoma Breeding Development Fund Special Account funds may be Read More

BLM Funding Faces Potential Cut

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would lose $2 million in funding if an amendment introduced and sponsored by U.S. Representative Dan Burton (Ind.) earlier this week is approved. Burton presented the funding cut as an amendment to an omnibus Read More

Montana Pair Faces Charges

A Montana couple faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of horses on their Carbon County property. Carbon County Deputy County Attorney Rennie Wittman said that earlier this month, authorities from the Read More

Nebraska Horse Processing Bill Advances

A measure intended to facilitate private sector horse processing plant development in Nebraska was approved by that state Senate's Agriculture Committee on Feb. 15. The bill, LB 305, would establish a state inspection program for plants that process Read More

Florida Man Charged with Animal Killings

Florida law enforcement authorities have charged a Walton County man with two felony animal cruelty counts for allegedly killing a Miniature Horse and a dog after a family dispute. Walton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Michael Morrison said Read More

Oregon Authorities Seek Horse Owner

Law enforcement authorities in Oregon are seeking the owner of a horse found wandering in the Tumalo Reservoir area between the towns of Bend and Sisters last week. Deschutes County sheriff's deputies discovered the approximately 8- to 10-year-old Read More

Michigan Man Charged in Horse Killings

A Michigan man is charged with killing two horses, one of them his own, according to Ottawa County law enforcement authorities. The man suspected his wife and her horse's trainer were engaged in an extramarital affair. Ottawa County sheriff's Read More

Reward Offered for Information about Mustang Shooting

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for shooting a wild horse in Nevada. On Feb. 9 an on-site veterinarian conducting health assessments Read More

West Virginia Man Faces Cruelty Charges

A West Virginia man is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of horses on his Greenbrier County farm. Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Kirby Hanson said that last week after responding Read More

Idaho Ranchers Face Cruelty Charges

Three Idaho ranchers are facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of nearly 100 animals, including 30 horses. On Jan. 18 personnel from the Payette County Sheriff's Department, the Idaho Department of Read More

Wyoming House Leaders: Allegations Against Wallis Unfounded

Leaders of the Wyoming House of Representatives have declared allegations of ethics violations stemming from a complaint filed by a Wyoming resident against State Representative Sue Wallis unfounded. Wallis was the primary sponsor of HB 122, a Read More

Maryland Horse Shooter Sought

Law enforcement authorities in Maryland are seeking those responsible for shooting a show horse residing in a Charles County pasture. Diane Richardson, press secretary for Charles County Sheriff Rex Coffey said the horse's owner discovered the Read More

Texas Pair Faces Cruelty Charges

A Texas couple is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of 39 horses removed from their Coryell County property earlier this week. In addition, 250 dogs, two Bengal tigers, two mountain lions, one primate, Read More

Cordero Sentenced in Florida Horse Poaching Case

A Florida man, Luis Miguel Cordero, was sentenced on Feb. 1 to serve four years in prison after he plead guilty to poaching two horses and butchering them for their meat. Miami-Dade County law enforcement authorities arrested Cordero in September Read More

Manna Pro Issues Feed Recall

Horse feed manufacturer Manna Pro Products LLC has voluntarily recalled one of its horse feed products distributed in California, Nevada, and Oregon because it might contain potentially harmful levels of monensin sodium (trade name Rumensin). Read More

Plea Entered in Montana Cruelty Case

A Montana man accused to maltreating a herd of horses has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The herd of 450 horses, owned by James H. Leachman, was residing on 9,400 acres of deeded land and 30,000 acres of leased Crow Tribal land Read More

BLM Declines Wild Horse Sanctuary Proposal, Requests More Info

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has rejected Madeleine Pickens' plan to create a Wild Horse sanctuary in Nevada according to a written statement from BLM Director Bob Abbey. The wife of Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens first offered to establish the Read More

Montana Man Faces Cruelty Charges

A Montana rancher faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged neglect of 450 horses. Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said the horses are residing on 9,400 acres of deeded land and 30,000 acres of leased Crow tribal Read More

Proposed Virginia Bill Amends Animal Welfare Code

Proposed legislation in Virginia would amend that state's animal welfare code to include care practices for horses and other livestock, but some equine rescue operators say the bill's language is confusing. Introduced on Jan. 12, HB 1541 would Read More