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

New Mexico Man Charged in Horse Thefts

Benny Padilla is facing charges for allegedly stealing 41 horses from multiple owners over a 12-month period. Read More

Blackburn Sentenced in Soring Case

Blackburn will serve probation, pay a fine, and write a detailed description of soring practices. Read More

Deadly New Jersey Barn Fire Probed

Initial investigations revealed that 22 horses were in the barn at the time of the fire, all of which died. Read More

Pennsylvania Horse Vet Charged with Sodomy

A Pennsylvania veterinarian is facing criminal charges in connection with the alleged sexual assault of horse Read More

Pa. Woman Accused of Selling Thoroughbreds to Slaughter

Lefever was charged for allegedly promising to retrain and rehome four horses then selling them for slaughter. Read More

S.C. Bill would Expand Equine Activity Liability Law

The bill requires that warning signs be posted at riding trails operated by equine activity sponsors. Read More

Tennessee Horse Hauler Charged

The driver is facing multiple violations in connection with a rollover accident that killed three horses. Read More

Reward Offered in Georgia Horse Slashing Case

One horse was killed and another injured when their throats were slashed in their pasture last month. Read More

Minnesota Horse Breeder Charged in Cruelty Case

A total of 17 of the 64 horses residing on an East Bethel ranch were removed in 2011. Read More

Person of Interest Sought in SAU Horse Theft Case

Southern Arkansas University Police are seeking William Hamilton for questioning in connection with the thefts Read More

Tennessee Trailer Rollover Accident Probed

Three horses were killed and at least two were injured in the Jan. 16 accident. Read More

Equine Welfare Advocates Issue Slaughter Argument Challenge

A reward will be given to anyone who makes convincing argument in favor of reviving U.S.-based horse slaughter Read More

Pennsylvania Draft Horse Death Probed

The Belgian horse was competing in a horse pulling competition at a show when it showed signs of distress. Read More

More Than 50 Horses Seized from Louisiana Breeding Farm

Investigators found 59 allegedly maltreated horses and the remains of 25 additional horses on the property. Read More

Ohio Teen Pleads Guilty to Horse Abandonment Charge

An Amish teenager has pleaded guilty to abandoning a 9-year-old Standardbred horse outside a Wal-Mart store. Read More

More Than 30 Horses Seized from Colorado Ranch

The 34 allegedly maltreated horses, donkeys, and mules are receiving veterinary and other rehabilitative care. Read More

Missouri Court Rules in Nonveterinarian Dentist Case

A judge ruled that a non-veterinarian equine dentist could not perform tooth-floating services for pay. Read More

Horse Connected to New York Cruelty Case Dies

The Morgan mare's exact cause of death remains under investigation. The horse died on Jan 3. Read More

California Man Enters Plea in Animal Cruelty Case

Dwight Bennett is facing more than 60 cruelty counts in connection with the alleged neglect of a herd horses. Read More

Plea Entered in New York Charity Horse Show Theft Case

A man accused of stealing more than $30,000 from a charity horse show pleaded guilty to felony theft charges. Read More

Former Mustang Trainer Released on Parole

Meduna was convicted on 145 animal cruelty charges involving the mistreatment of BLM mustangs. Read More

Indiana Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

Authorities in Marshall County are seeking whoever is responsible for shooting and killing a foal last month. Read More

Californian Facing Multiple Animal Cruelty Charges

A California man is facing felony animal cruelty charges for the alleged neglect of 32 horses and a donkey. Read More

Necropsy Reveals Louisiana Cart Horse was Not Maltreated

The necropsy showed no signs of abuse, malnourishment, or mistreatment. Read More

Former Olympian Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

Gwen Stockebrand was charged in connection with the alleged maltreatment of a 28-year-old Thoroughbred mare. Read More