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

Nebraska Mustang Trainer Guilty on Cruelty Charges

The former operator of a Nebraska training ranch for Bureau of Land Management mustangs has been found guilty on 145 of the 149 felony animal cruelty charges against him.

Jason Meduna was charged with 149 counts of class 4 felony ani Read More

Reward Increased for Information on Mustang Shootings

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the shooting deaths of six wild horses rose to $12,500 this week, when the Humane Society of the United States added $2,500 to the existing $10,000 re Read More

Dead Donkeys, Horses Found; Texas Rancher Faces Charges

A Texas man remains in jail following his arrest on animal cruelty charges for allegedly maltreating donkeys and horses on his property.

Acting on a complaint on Sunday, Fannin County Sherriff's Office and Habitat for Horses inve Read More

Nebraska Mustang Ranch Trial Starts

The former operator of a Nebraska training ranch for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs went on trial in Morrill County District Court today for allegedly maltreating more than 100 animals.

Last April Morrill County law enforce Read More

Two Seized Cincinnati Horses Euthanized

Two horses recently removed from an Ohio farm were euthanized due to poor body condition, said Clermont County Communications Director Kathy Lehr.

The two mares were among six allegedly malnourished thoroughbred horses removed by Cou Read More

Charges Filed in Horse Arrow Shooting

A Fayette County, Ga., teenager has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals for shooting a horse with arrows.

A passerby discovered the wounded mare lying in its pasture in Brooks on Sunday. The horse had sustained arr Read More

Cincinnati Horse Trainer Charged with Cruelty, Abandonment

Thoroughbred horse trainer Chad Moore faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged abandonment and maltreatment of horses at his Ohio farm.

Clermont County animal control officials removed six allegedly malnou Read More

Georgia Horse Shot with Arrows, Reward Offered

A $7,000 cash reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot arrows at a horse in Fayette County, Ga., on Sunday.

A passerby discovered the wounded mare down in its pasture in Broo Read More

Police Investigate Varian Arabian Shootings

Police in San Luis Obispo County are hoping the public can help them identify those responsible for shooting two Arabian horses at the Varian Arabians horse ranch in Arroyo Grande, Calif., last Wednesday night.

Ranch staff discovered Read More

Family Pleads Guilty to Horse Cruelty Charges

A California family has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of felony animal cruelty in connection with the maltreatment of horses at their 21-acre ranch near Frazier Park, Calif.

Jane Bor, her son Ernie, and daughter-in-law Cecelia we Read More

Donations Sought for Seized Horses in Cincinnati Area

The Clermont County Humane Society of Batavia, Ohio, is seeking donations of hay, feed, blankets, and other supplies needed to care for six allegedly malnourished Thoroughbred horses removed from a Bethel, Ohio, farm. County animal control offi Read More

Teens Arrested in Wisconsin Livestock Shootings

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of three horses and five cows in two Wisconsin counties.

Last month, three horses and five cows were discovered either dead or dying in their pastures in Dunn an Read More

Judge Allows Mustang Gather

On Monday, the controversial gather of about 2,700 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs from the Calico Mountain Complex Herd Management Complex in Nevada will begin as planned after a federal judge declined to stop the roundup.

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Horse Inspires Kids in Need

A horse shot in the head and left for dead in Oregon's Deschutes National Forest last year is thriving as a therapy horse at a ranch for young people in need.

U.S. Forest Service officers and local residents rescued the Hero, the Read More

Reward Offered for Information About Mustang Shootings

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths of six wild horses.

Earlier this month, agency helicopter pilots discovered t Read More

Another Butchered Horse Found in Florida

The number of horses apparently butchered for their meat in Florida rose to 22 this week when the dismembered carcass of bay mare was discovered in Southwest Miami-Dade. Read More

Nevada Wildlife Agency Backs BLM Round-Up

The Nevada Department of Wildlife is supporting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in a court battle over the planned Dec. 28 removal of about 2,700 wild mustangs from the Calico Mountain Complex Herd Management Area to long-term holding facil Read More

Kentucky Unwanted Horses Addressed in New Report

The number of Kentucky horses abandoned by their owners rose through 2009, according to a report released by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) this week. County officials, rescue operators, and KHC members provided data for the report, which com Read More

State Animal Cruelty Laws Graded

Kentucky, North Dakota, Hawaii, Idaho, and Mississippi have the weakest animal protection laws in the nation, according to a report released by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) on Tuesday.

The group annually ranks U.S. states and Read More

Federal Court Asked to Halt Mustang Gather

Animal advocates have asked a federal court judge to halt a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to remove about 2,700 mustangs from a range in northwest Nevada on grounds that the gather violates federal law.

On Wednesday, a lawyer Read More

BLM Investigates Mustang Deaths

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is investigating the deaths of six wild mustangs. Agency helicopter pilots found the animals' carcasses earlier this month during a scheduled round-up of mustangs from a remote area along the Nevada-Calif Read More

Wisconsin Livestock Shootings: Horses Sought for Families

While police investigate the shooting deaths of several horses in Wisconsin, a St. Croix County woman hopes horse owners will reach out to families whose animals were killed.

Since Nov. 19, six horses have been discovered dead or dyi Read More

Wisconsin Livestock Shootings: Reward Offered for Information

Law enforcement authorities in three Wisconsin counties are hoping the offer of a cash reward will lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a series of incidents that left several animals dead or dying in their pastures. The H Read More

Wisconsin Police Investigate Livestock Shootings

Law enforcement authorities in three Wisconsin counties are investing a series of shooting incidents that left five animals dead or dying in their pastures.

Three Dunn County horse owners discovered their animals either dead or Read More

Weighty Issues

Equine obesity increases a horse's risk for equine metabolic syndrome, laminitis, and insulin resistance. Owners can bring horses to a healthy body condition by replacing grain rations with a fiber-rich, low-carbohydrate diet and increasing exercise. Read More