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

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

North Dakota Authorities Probe Horse Shootings

Law enforcement authorities are seeking whoever is responsible for fatally shooting four Quarter Horses last Read More

BLM Extends Eco-Sanctuary Proposal Deadlines

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced May 12 that it has extended the deadlines for private-sector wild horse and burro sanctuary development proposal submissions. In March the BLM issued a pair of solicitations seeking proposals from private Read More

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