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

Sponsor Nixes Fee-Based Horsemeat Inspection Amendment

An amendment that would have reestablished USDA horsemeat inspections on a fee-for-service basis failed to Read More

Louisiana Men Face Cruelty Charges

Two Louisiana men have been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly tying a dead horse to a tree along a Read More

Hawaii Police Probe Horse Shootings

Authorities in Hawaii County, Hawaii, are seeking whoever is responsible for shooting two horses earlier this Read More

Tips for Surviving a Barn Fire

Horse owners are frequently informed about how to reduce fire risks, but knowing how to react if a fire does Read More

Oklahoma Horse Transporter Cleared on Cruelty Charges

An Oklahoma man accused of animal cruelty in connection with the transport of horses in October has been Read More

Georgia Barn Operator Charged With Animal Cruelty

The operator of a boarding barn near Ludowici, Ga., is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly neglecting Read More

Arizona Wildfire Displaces Horses

More than 70 horses are residing at the Apache County Fairgrounds in St. Johns, Ariz., after being evacuated Read More

Bill Would Ban Horse Transport to Foreign Processing Plants

Legislation introduced into the United States Senate on June 9 would ban the transport of horses from the U.S. Read More

Texas Lawmakers Pass Equine Dentistry Bill

Texas lawmakers have passed legislation that defines the role of nonveterinarian equine dentists in that state Read More

Minnesota Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

A Minnesota man is facing multiple animal cruelty charges after allegedly violating a horse residing in a Read More

Alabama Authorities Probe Horse Attacks

Law enforcement authorities in Clarke County, Ala., are seeking those responsible for using a pitchfork to Read More

Severed Horse Head Puzzles Pennsylvania Authorities

Municipal authorities in Washington, Pa., are seeking whoever placed a severed horse head in an alley in a Read More

Amendment Defunds USDA Horsemeat Inspections

Funding for USDA horsemeat inspections will not be part of the U.S. House of Representatives 2012 Agricultural Read More

Wanted Georgia Rescue Operator Apprehended

A former animal rescue operator wanted by Georgia law enforcement authorities is awaiting extradition in Read More

APHIS Proposes Mandatory HPA Penalty Rules

Horse Industry Organizations (HIOs) providing Horse Protection Act (HPA) compliance inspectors at horse shows Read More

BLM Lists EHV-1 Response Strategies

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs have so far been unaffected by the recent neurologic EHV-1 outbreak Read More

Plea Entered in Michigan Horse Killing Case

A Michigan man accused of killing two horses because he suspected his wife and her trainer were engaged in an Read More

Texas Pair Indicted on Animal Cruelty Charges

A Texas Grand Jury has indicted a Coryell County couple on animal cruelty charges stemming from the removal of Read More

Nevada Mustang Status Bill Fails

A Nevada bill that would have stripped Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horses and burros of their Read More

Georgia Rescue Operator Wanted on Cruelty Charges

Law enforcement authorities are searching for a woman who abruptly vacated the animal rescue she operated Read More

Alabama Tornado Recovery Still Under Way

Members of Alabama's equine community are working with farmers and cattle ranchers to help tornado survivors Read More

Reward Offered in North Carolina Horse Shooting Incident

A $2,500 cash reward has been offered for information about a horse shooting at an equine therapy program in Read More

New Judge Named in Leachman Cruelty Case

A new judge will preside over the cruelty case against a Montana man accused of neglecting hundreds of horses. Read More

California Men Arrested in Connection with Horse Abandonment

Two California men have been arrested in connection with the abandonment of a 20-year-old Thoroughbred horse.
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HIOs Reach Penalty Recognition Accord

An agreement reached by 12 Horse Industry Organizations (HIOs) could disqualify Horse Protection Act violators Read More