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

West Virginia Man Charged with Cruelty

A West Virginia man faces animal cruelty charges connected to the alleged neglect of more than 50 equines seized from his Wayne County property last week. Acting on a tip, Wayne County law enforcement authorities discovered the 51 al Read More

Starting an Equine Rescue

An equine rescue is a business and should be run like one, or it risks putting its horses in more jeopardy. Read More

Maryland Rescue Seeks Help for Horses

A Maryland horse rescue is seeking volunteers and materials to assist in the care of 26 allegedly malnourished horses removed from a Garrett county farm on May 13.

Animal welfare authorities removed the horses along with other livestock after r Read More

Plea Deal Ends South Dakota Barrel Horse Theft Case

A South Dakota man has been sentenced to spend the next three consecutive Fourth of July holidays behind bars after pleading guilty to charges connected to the theft and injury of a champion barrel horse last year.

Owner Wendy Read More

Authorities Probe Bullying Link to Horse Death

Law enforcement and authorities in Monongalia County, W.V., are investigating the death of a horse that could be linked to high school bullying.

In a written statement, Monongalia County Sheriff Kenneth "Al" Kisner sa Read More

Horse Remains Found in Impounded Van

The contents of a van discovered parked in a Miami-Dade, Fla., neighborhood earlier this week included horse remains, according to Miami-Dade Police. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The probe is the latest investigati Read More

Horsemeat Investigation Under Way in Florida

Police in Miami-Dade Florida are examining a vehicle to determine whether the meat found inside was derived from a horse. The probe is the latest into a series of incidents involving the slaughter of horses for their meat. Since Janu Read More

Plea Entered in New York Cruelty Case

A New York Morgan horse breeder and trainer accused of maltreating animals at her Erie County farm pleaded not guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges during an appearance in East Aurora Town Court on May 26.

In March, the Society Read More

Kansas Authorities Probe Alleged Horse Theft

Law enforcement authorities in Ellis County, Kan., are seeking information connected to the alleged theft of an Arab/Saddlebred-cross mare removed from its pasture at the RMH Ranch in Hays, Kan., on May 23. Read More

Ohio Horses Recovering from Accident Injuries

Two Quarter Horse geldings are under treatment for trauma and other injuries sustained when the gooseneck trailer in which they were riding overturned during a single-car incident on Ohio Interstate 71 May 22. The truck's driver and four ot Read More

Nevada BLM Roundup Case Dismissed

A lawsuit aimed at preventing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from conducting wild horse gathers at the Calico Mountain Complex Herd Management Area in Nevada failed on May 24 when a federal judge dismissed the case.

The suit cla Read More

Colorado Man Charged with Setting Stable Fire

A Colorado man faces multiple criminal charges in connection with a fire that killed 12 horses and several other animals earlier this month. The horses, a goat, and several chickens and roosters were residing in the stable in Commerc Read More

Ohio Horses' Owner Sought

Law enforcement authorities in Warren County, Ohio, are seeking the owner of two horses discovered standing on a roadside in Washington Township last month.

Sheriff's deputies discovered the sorrel riding horse and a brown and wh Read More

Botulism Poisoning Claims Tennessee Horses

Seven horses belonging to a Spring Hill, Tenn., riding academy are recovering after ingesting hay contaminated with botulism. Four other animals were euthanized at the scene as a result of botulism poisoning. The surviving horses were transport Read More

Florida Anti-Slaughter Bill Becomes Law

Anyone who slaughters a horse and sells its meat for human consumption in Florida now faces criminal felony charges under a new measure signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist on May 14.

HB 765 prohibits the mutilation or killing of an Read More

Maryland Rescue Seeks Help for Horses

A Maryland horse rescue is seeking volunteers and materials to assist in the care of 26 allegedly malnourished horses removed from a Garrett county farm on May 13. Read More

Slaughter Language Slashed From Missouri Bill

Language that would have established regulations and fees for horse processing operations in Missouri was removed from an omnibus agriculture bill that was passed by that state's Senate on May 14.

SB 795 contained language derive Read More

NY Farm Operator Faces Cruelty Charges

A New York farm operator faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged neglect of 73 horses that were removed from her Erie County property in March.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Read More

Indiana Authorities Suspend Compounding Lab's License

Franck's Compounding Lab Inc., the Florida-based company that produced a vitamin and mineral compound blamed for the deaths of 21 polo horses last year, has temporarily lost its license to do business in Indiana. The horses died after receiving a sel Read More

Oklahoma Horsemen Rally After Tornado Strike

Members of Oklahoma's equestrian community are uniting to help their neighbors rebound after a fierce tornado whipped through the state on May 10. The storm demolished homes and barns in its path, and left several horses dead or injured.

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Missouri Slaughter Bill in Committee

A controversial Missouri bill that would allow horse processing plant development in that state was sent to the Senate Conference Committee May 11 for refinement. The committee has the power to strip slaughter language from the bill.

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Colorado Fire Claims 12 Horses

Law enforcement authorities and fire officials in Colorado are working together to determine who is responsible for a fire that killed 12 horses and several other animals on May 9.

The horses, a goat, and several chickens and rooster Read More

Thoroughbred Trainer Convicted of Cruelty Charges Released Early

A former Thoroughbred horse trainer who pleaded guilty to multiple animal cruelty counts earlier this year was released from jail on May 12 after serving 126 days of his 180-day sentence.

Chad Moore was charged with 12 counts of anim Read More

Horse Rescued From Tennessee Flood

A 3-year-old Paint horse is safe at home with his owner after traveling more than 10 miles down the Cumberland River when heavy rains caused flooding in Nashville, Tenn., and surrounding areas earlier this month.

The horse was in a p Read More

Canadian Authorities Probe Horse Deaths

Canadian animal welfare and law enforcement authorities are investigating the deaths of 40 horses discovered crowded near a fence at the Peigan Reserve in Southern Alberta. The horses were among more than 1,000 equines residing on the reserve. Read More