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

House Passes Mustang Management Bill

A bill promoting increased on-range management for wild horses and burros came closer to becoming law today when the U.S. House of Representatives passed it 239-185.

Introduced by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall Read More

Ranch Hand Arrested in Texas Horse Deaths

A ranch worker was arrested on multiple animal cruelty counts for the heat-related deaths of 11 horses in Weatherford, Texas.  

Parker County law enforcement Read More

Third Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Horse Dies

An outrider horse competing in the GMC Rangeland Derby chuckwagon race at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada, died Friday following a pulmonary embolism.

The Thoroughbred was the second chuckwagon race horse to succumb to a Read More

Two Horses Die at Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Races

Two horses died in separate incidents at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada. The annual event features rodeo-style competitions and livestock exhibitions.

The horses were competing in the Stampede's GMC Rangeland Derby chuckwagon race. Read More

Barrel Horse Theft: Arrest Likely, Sheriff Says

Arrests in connection with the theft and abuse of a barrel horse in South Dakota could take place this week according to Stanley County law enforcement authorities.

The horse was competing in the Fort Pierre Rodeo when it was taken from the Read More

11 Horses Die in Texas Pasture, Heat and Dehydration Cited

Equipment failure and employee negligence are being blamed for the heat-related deaths of 11 horses in Weatherford, Texas, last week.

Parker County animal control authorities discovered the horses on July 1 after a tipster reported a Read More

More Slaughtered Horses Discovered in Florida

The investigation into a series of horse killings in Florida widened on June 19 when a rancher discovered two slaughtered horses partially buried in a dirt mound on his Miami-Dade County property.

The discovery is the latest in an ongoin Read More

Oregon Horse Shooting Case Concludes

Russell Willeford, the Oregon man convicted of shooting and abandoning a 6-year-old Arabian gelding in the Deschutes National Forest, will serve 90 days in the Deschutes County Jail and pay more than $9,000 in restitution in connection with the Read More

Keeping Weekend Warrior Horses Fit

Horses that are mainly ridden on weekends require special care and training to avoid injury.

Some humans do it all the time: Pack a week's worth of activity into a weekend with pickup basketball games, long hikes, or Read More

Horses Shot at BLM Corral, Investigation in Progress

An investigation to determine who fatally shot three horses in a federal corral in Rock Springs, Wyo., earlier this month is under way.

The dead horses were discovered on June 12 when a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee arrived to Read More

Arraignment Set in Mustang Cruelty Case

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management mustangs and burros has waived his right to preliminary hearing and will be arraigned on more than 100 animal cruelty counts in Morrill County District Court o Read More

House Funding Bill Excludes Animal Identification System

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) will receive no new funding under a 2010 spending bill proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture, Rural Development, and FDA appropriations subcommittee. Chairwoman Rosa L. DeLauro Read More

Horse Rescues React to Unauthorized Fundraising

Two equine rescue operators are revamping their fundraising policies after learning about unauthorized fundraising activities taking place on their behalf.

The situation came to light June 3, when Tawnee Preisner, vice president of Read More

Charges Filed in Texas Cruelty Case

A Texas woman accused of maltreating 57 horses remains in jail after failing to post bond on cruelty charges.

Carol Paselk faces one count of cruelty to animals and one court of cruelty to livestock. The Class A misdemeanors each carry Read More

Authorities Seize Colorado Horses for a Second Time

A Colorado man faces multiple animal cruelty counts following the removal of 17 horses from his property for the second time in two years.

Sheriff's Deputies in Jefferson County, Colo., seized the horses from owner John McCulley on May 20. Read More

Plea Deal Entered in Pennsylvania Cruelty Case

A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to 13 animal cruelty counts and relinquished ownership of his animals under a plea bargain entered in Northampton County District court on June 4.

Joseph Mayer was originally charged with 38 counts of Read More

Mixed Results on Slaughter Bills as State Legislatures Adjourn

The sponsor of Tennessee legislation promoting horse processing plant development in that state is not giving up on the bill, although it's now stalled in the state's Senate Commerce Committee.

Sponsored by Rep. Frank Niceley, HB 1428 would Read More

100 Horses Seized, Felony Abuse Charges for California Family

A California Superior Court Judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence to press felony charges against several members of a family accused of maltreating horses at their Ventura County ranch.

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

Oklahoma Equine Dentistry Bill Remains Controversial

Oklahomans who are not veterinarians will soon be able to float horses' teeth without risking felony charges, now that Gov. Brad Henry signed SB 452 into law on Thursday.

SB 452 strips an amendment to the state's Veterinary Practice Act of Read More

New Charges Against Nebraska Mustang Ranch Operator

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs and burros now faces more than 140 counts of felony animal cruelty in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals seized from his Read More

Texas Groups Win Custody of 57 Seized Horses

A Texas Justice of the Peace has awarded custody of 57 Thoroughbred and Arabian horses to the equine welfare groups that have been caring for them since the animals were seized May Read More

Texas Groups Care for Seized Herd

More than 50 allegedly neglected horses are receiving rehabilitative care from two Texas rescue agencies after they were removed from their owner's care earlier this month.

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Oklahoma Legislators Back Lay Equine Dentists

Oklahoma legislators have approved a measure that allows individuals who are not veterinarians to float horses' teeth without risking felony charges.

SB 452 strips an amendment from the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act of 2008 that Read More

Florida Horse Poaching Continues

Police in Miramar, Fla., are searching for poachers responsible for killing two Paso Fino horses for their meat. The horses' butchered carcasses were discovered in their pasture on May 6 when their owner arrived to feed them.

The case is th Read More

Owner Sentenced in Illinois Trailer Accident Case

The former owner of 59 draft horses involved in a 2007 tractor-trailer truck rollover accident in Illinois was sentenced to supervision and ordered to pay $4,000 in fines and restitution in connection with the incident.

The accident Read More