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 York Bill Would Require Animal Adopter ID Checks

Animal adopter ID checks are now required by breeders and rescue operators in Suffolk County, N.Y. Read More

Alberta Man Charged with Cruelty

An Alberta, Canada, rancher is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of 140 horses on his Drumheller property. Last month, acting on a warrant, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Alberta Society for Read More

Nevada Bill Could Threaten Wild Horse Water Access

The would strip Bureau of Land Management wild horses and burros of their wildlife status in that state. Read More

New Hampshire Lawmakers Pass Meat Processing Bill

Lawmakers in New Hampshire have passed a bill establishing a state meat inspection system that some equine welfare advocates worry could facilitate horse processing in that state. HB 339-FN-A allows the New Hampshire state veterinarian to employ a Read More

UF Horse Death Spawns Rescue Training Review

The University of Florida's (UF) Large Animal Technical Rescue Team training protocols are under review after a horse drowned during a water rescue training exercise last month. The UF Large Animal Technical Rescue Team was created three years ago Read More

Prosecutors Request New Judge in James Leachman Case

Prosecutors in Yellowstone County, Mont., have requested that a new judge assume the James Leachman animal cruelty case after Leachman's son Seth Leachman filed suit against Justice of the Peace Pedro Hernandez, the judge currently presiding over the Read More

Nebraska Legislature Passes Processing Study Bill

An amended version of a Nebraska bill that could facilitate horse processing plant development in that state was passed by state lawmakers on May 5, according to a spokesman for bill sponsor Sen. Tyson Larson. In its original version introduced in Read More

Oregon Authorities Investigate Horse Shooting

Law enforcement authorities in Marion County, Ore., are seeking whoever is responsible for fatally shooting a 23-year-old Arabian mare while she grazed in her pasture near Silverton earlier this week. Marion County Sheriff's Department Public Read More

More Than 100 Polish Arabian Horses Removed from Maryland Breeding Farm

More than 100 allegedly maltreated Polish Arabian horses are receiving rehabilitative care after being removed from a breeding farm in Centreville, Md., last week. Queen Anne's County Maryland Animal Services Department Director David MacGlashan said Read More

Seth Leachman Sues Judge Over Relocation Ruling

A Montana man has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that a Yellowstone County judge acted without jurisdiction when he ordered the relocation of more than 60 horses that once belonged to James H. Leachman, who is facing numerous cruelty charges in Read More

Abandoned Indiana Horses Might Join Therapy Program

Two horses discovered wandering in a Ft. Wayne, Ind., park last week are now city property and might be eventually placed with an equine assisted therapy program, according to a written statement released by the City of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Read More

Tennessee HPA Violation Indictment Expanded

A federal grand jury in Chattanooga, Tenn., has returned an indictment that adds charges against three Tennessee residents already accused of violating the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and indicts a fourth Tennessee man in connection with the case. The Read More

Reward Offered for Information about Deadly Ohio Barn Fire

Law enforcement authorities in Ohio are hoping a $5,000 cash reward will lead to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for starting a barn fire that killed eight horses in Morgan County on April 24. Ohio State Fire Marshall's Office Read More

Truck Driver Sought in Connection with Oklahoma Highway Incident

Law enforcement authorities in Oklahoma are seeking the driver of a truck that was pulling an overloaded horse trailer from which five horses fell onto Interstate 44 in Tulsa County last week. Tulsa County Sheriff's Deputy David Long said that on Read More

New Charge Added in Montana Cruelty Case

A Montana rancher accused of maltreating a herd of horses is now facing at total of 16 animal cruelty counts. Yellowstone County prosecutors added yet another count of animal cruelty bringing the total number of charges against Leachman to 16, said Read More

Georgia Horse Owner Accused of Cruelty Enters Plea

A Georgia man accused of neglecting 40 horses on his Habersham County farm has pleaded no contest to the animal cruelty counts against him. County animal control authorities and personnel from the Lil One's Ridin' Ranch horse rescue removed the Read More

Indiana Authorities Seek Owner of Abandoned Horses

Animal welfare authorities in Ft. Wayne, Ind., are seeking the owner of two horses apparently abandoned in Johnny Appleseed Memorial Park last week.
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More Than 100 Horses Seized in Canada

More than 100 horses are in the care of the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) after being removed from a farm near Calgary earlier this week. Alberta SPCA Executive Director Terra Johnston said the investigation into the Read More

BLM Review Team Releases Harriman Facility Review

About 200 horses currently residing at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salt Lake Regional Wild Horse and Burro Center in Herriman, Utah, will be relocated according to recommendations made by a team of inspectors who visited the site earlier this Read More

Wild Horse Lawsuit to Go Forward

A federal judge sided with wild horse advocates April 19 when he declined to dismiss their lawsuit claiming that a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) round up of approximately 2,000 animals from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area near Susanville, Read More

Pennsylvania Bill Creates Animal Abuser Registry

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a measure that would create a statewide database containing the names of those convicted on animal cruelty charges--including cruelty to horses--anywhere in the state. Sponsored by State Sen. Larry Farnese, Read More

New York Horse Mutilation Probed

State law enforcement authorities are seeking whoever is responsible for cutting off part of a horse's tongue at a farm in Massena, N.Y. Owner Teri Chapin said she discovered the injured Paint mare April 17 when she entered the horse's stall to feed Read More

Virginia Livestock Welfare Bill Becomes Law

A Virginia bill amending the state's animal welfare code to include specific horse care practices was signed into law in late March. HB 1541 requires horse owners to provide their animals with feed to prevent malnutrition, water to prevent Read More

BLM, Veterinarians Review Utah Facility Conditions

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) personnel, the Utah State Veterinarian, and a veterinarian from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have reviewed conditions at a wild horse holding facility in Utah after a Colorado-based Read More

Tornado Claims Horses at North Carolina Farm

A dozen horses were killed and several others injured when a tornado swept through a Lee County, N.C., farm and training facility on April 16. Trainer Dany Pelletier said 44 horses were residing at the 200-acre Misty Creek Ranch in Sanford, N.C. when Read More